SANA’A – A total of 50 people were killed on Thursday when a bus they were riding in was bombed in an airstrike in the northwestern Yemeni city of Sa’ada, the head of delegation for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen said.
“According to local officials a total of 50 people died and 77 were injured this morning,” Johannes Bruwer tweeted.
“Of these, the International Committee of the Red Cross in Yemen hospital in Al Talh received 30 dead and 48 injured, of which the vast majority were children. Children shouldn’t pay the price for a very adult war. #NotATarget,” the official added.
A spokesman for the health ministry of the Houthi rebel-controlled government, Yusef al-Hadari, had explained to EFE that the children were on their way to an educational summer camp organized by the Ministry for Islamic Affairs and that three buses had been targeted in the airstrike.
The province of Sa’ada, near the border with neighboring Saudi Arabia, is the main bastion of the Houthis, a Zaidi Shia-led movement backed by Iran that launched an insurgency against the Sunni-controlled government in Sana’a in 2014 and took over the Yemeni capital shortly thereafter.
A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been conducting devastating airstrikes since 2015 against Houthi positions – causing thousands of civilian deaths in the process, according to war monitors – in an attempt to restore the internationally-recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, which is currently based in the southern port city of Aden.
The United Nations, the European Union and numerous humanitarian organizations have all warned that the consequences of the Saudi-led intervention, such as a famine threatening almost 18 million people or a cholera outbreak infecting hundreds of thousands, have reached the level of a humanitarian “disaster” or “catastrophe.”