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Dozens Of Children Killed, Wounded In School Bus Attack



ICRC says attack on a bus in Dahyan city on Thursday left dozens of people dead or wounded.

An attack on a bus carrying children in Yemen killed and wounded dozens of people, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

“Following an attack this morning on a bus driving children in Dahyan Market, northern Saada, @ICRC_yemen- supported hospital has received dozens of dead and wounded,” the organisation said on Twitter on Thursday.

“Scores killed, even more injured, most under the age of 10,” Johannes Bruwer, head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, said in a twitter post.

Citing Yemeni tribal leaders, The Associated Press said at least 20 people, including children, were killed.

Al Masirah, a pro-Houthi TV network that supports the rebels who govern large parts of the war-ravaged country, said the deaths were caused by air strikes from the Saudi-Emirati military coalition.

There was no immediate comment from the alliance.

Al Masirah said at least 39 people had been killed and 51 wounded in the attack in Dahyan city.

Al Jazeera could not independently verify the reports.

With logistical support from the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE have carried out attacks inside Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstate the internationally recognised government of President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

At least 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting – a death toll that hasn’t been updated in years and is certain to be far greater.

In June, Saudi and UAE forces carried out 258 air raids on Yemen, nearly one-third of which targeted non-military sites.

The Yemen Data Project listed 24 air raids on residential areas, three on water and electricity sites, three hitting healthcare facilities, and one targeting an IDP camp.

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