News ID: 232709
Published: 0255 GMT October 13, 2018

Saudi jets attack buses in Yemen's Hodeida, kill civilians

Saudi jets attack buses in Yemen's Hodeida, kill civilians

At least 15 Yemenis have been killed in a Saudi airstrike in Hodeida that has become a flashpoint of a war being waged by Riyadh and its allies against the Arab world's poorest nation.

The fatalities occurred when Saudi planes targeted two buses that were carrying civilians fleeing Hodeida on Saturday, according to a report by Yemen’s Al-Masirah television network, Press TV reported.

The attack also injured an unspecified number of others, with the number of fatalities most likely to rise, Al-Masirah reported. 

A UN human rights body on Thursday called on Saudi Arabia to end airstrikes in Yemen and start ensuring the perpetrators of attacks on children are brought to justice.

The call by the UN committee on the rights of the child will add further pressure on the Saudis to rethink the four-year war in Yemen, The Guardian wrote.

The latest UN report from a 15-strong panel in Geneva found that since March 2015 at least 1,248 children have been killed and the same number injured, amounting to about 20% of the total deaths and injury since the war began.

The report condemns “the dramatic consequences for civilians, and particularly for children who are being killed, maimed, orphaned, and traumatized, of military operations, aggravated by an aerial and naval blockade that has rendered many millions of people, including a high proportion of children, food insecure”.

In August, a Saudi air raid hit a school bus as it drove through a market in the town of Dhahyan in Sa’ada Province in northwestern Yemen, killing a total of 51 people, among them 40 children, and injuring 79 others, mostly children.

The Red Cross says 40 children were among the 51 people recently killed during a Saudi strike on a school bus in northwestern Yemen.

The offensive on Hodeida launched on June 12 by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates is the largest battle yet in the war that has killed more than 10,000 people.

However, Yemen’s Health Ministry says around 15,000 people have died since the war began.

The coalition ignored repeated warnings that the heavily defended Red Sea port under attack will trigger a food and humanitarian crisis in an impoverished Yemen.

Saudi Arabia began its invasion in March 2015 to restore power to Yemen’s former Riyadh-allied officials. The invasion has pushed the country close to the brink of famine.

Press TV’s Yemen correspondent Mohamad al-Attab reported on Friday that the raids on Hodeida have intensified in recent weeks, prompting thousands of families to seek refuge elsewhere in the country.

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