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EOS Alerts 10-8-2018

Saudi Arabia/Yemen: Bus Carrying Children Hit in Saudi Airstrike

On 9 August, the Saudi-led Arab coalition announced that it had struck Houthi targets in Yemen’s Saada after Wednesday’s ballistic missile attack against Saudi’s Jizan region. Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said: “Today's attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation ... and was carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law.” The air strikes reportedly targeted missile launchers used to attack Jizan.

However, reports, videos and pictures widely circulated on social media and news outlets have shown that one of the Saudi airstrikes hit a school bus, killing at least 29 children and injuring 48 more in Dahyan city. Some reports have put the death toll at 50, with 77 injured. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) confirmed that the attack took place. Yemeni journalists and civilians have maintained that there were no Houthi targets in the area that the bus was attacked.

Due to the high civilian/child death toll caused by the airstrike, there will likely be a retaliatory Houthi reaction. Missile launches into Saudi Arabia, in response to the recent airstrikes, should not be ruled out in the immediate/near term. The US government has restricted US government personnel and families from travelling within 50 miles of the Saudi-Yemen border, including to the cities of Jizan and Najran.


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