Yemen: 10 children killed in their classroom by Saudi coalition airstrike

14th Aug 2016
Yemen: 10 children killed in their classroom by Saudi coalition airstrike

Agencies: Ten children have been killed and more than 20 injured by an airstrike on a school in Northern Yemen carried out by the Saudi-led military coalition Saturday, reported by the international charity Medecins sans Frontieres, who said all the casualties were under 15

Coalition aircraft bombed the small village school in the Sa’ada district early on Saturday morning as children on their summer holidays were gathering for religious lessons.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said that ten children, were killed by the bombings and 28 injured in the attack. All the victims were between eight and 15 years old, the charity said.

Photographs from the scene showed rows of small bodies lined up on tarpaulin. Other pictures showed showed wounded and bloodied children being treated in hospital.

Some 300 Saudi air strikes killed at least 52 people and injured another 105 in just 48 hours, according to reports in the country.

In one incident being probed as a war crime, a crisp factory was hit in the capital Sana’a on Tuesday, killing at least 14. Reports said more than half of the victims were women.

The Yemen Post claimed one bomb was being dropped on the city every 10 minutes by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

A coalition of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia, supported and armed by the US and UK, began bombing Yemen in 2015 in support of the country’s government against a Houthi rebel group aligned with Iran.

The coalition has been accused of bombing indiscriminately and the UN says it has around killed 2,000 civilians with its airstrikes.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia pressured UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon to remove the coalition from a blacklist of groups that kill children. Saudi Arabia allegedly threatened to withhold funding for refugees and the Mr Ban grudgingly gave in to their demands.

Both the US and UK sell billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia and other Arab states each year.

Hisham al-Omeisy, a political analyst, said the airstrike on Saturday took place at around 9.15am in the village of Juma’at Bin Fadel in the Sa’ada governorate in northwest Yemen.

The area is far from the front lines of the fighting but is a power base for the Ansar Allah (Houthi) group.

“There’s no active ground fighting near area attacked but Sa’ada is Houthi’s home governorate and stronghold, and has been relentlessly and aerially bombarded by the Saudi-led coalition since the beginning of the war in March of 2015,” Mr al-Omeisy said.

A ceasefire was announced in April between the warring sides and led to a reduction in violence in Yemen. But UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait collapsed last weekend and coalition aircraft have resumed intense bombing.

Meanwhile, Yemen’s parliament reconvened for the first time in nearly two years in an act of defiance against Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the internationally-recognised president, and his Saudi backers.

Of the parliament’s 301 members, 26 have been killed in the civil war, according to Hakim Almasmari, editor of the Yemen Post News.

 

[Photo: Saudi led coalition bombings contiue. Earlir this month, the war crafts belonging to the Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes at Swfan district of Sanaa, Yemen on August 09, 2016. Photographer: Mohammed Hamoud/AA]

 

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