Deutsche Welle & Al-Jazeera & Ahmen al-Haj / Associated Press – 2018-10-14 23:03:31
New Saudi Airstrike
Hits Bus Carrying Civilians in Yemen
CGTN (October 14, 2018
(October 13, 2018) — A bus full of civilians was destroyed when the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi rebels in Yemen’s port city of Hodeida. The latest bombing comes months after a coalition airstrike killed 40 children on a school trip.
At least 17 people were killed and 20 injured in a Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen’s Hodeida on Saturday. The attack presumably targeted a Houthi rebel checkpoint in the city’s Jebel Ras area, but instead destroyed a bus full of civilians, medical sources said. Other reports said another bus was also hit during the bombing.
“The final toll is not determined yet because body parts of many victims are mixed with each other,” said spokesman for the rebel-controlled Health Ministry Youssef al-Hadari. Many of the wounded were reported to be in critical condition.
Witnesses cited by the DPA news agency said that the victims were attempting to flee the fighting in the port city, where the forces allied with the Saudi coalition have been trying to dislodge the rebels since June. Hodeida plays a key role for supplying food to Yemen civilians, as 80 percent of all imports and aid enter the country through its port.
Saudis pledge investigation
A coalition spokesman said that the Saudi-led forces would probe the incident.
“We take this report very seriously and it will be fully investigated as all reports of this nature are,” he said. “While this is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
A similar Saudi-led airstrike in August killed 51 people, including 40 children who were taking a bus for a school trip. The attack triggered global outrage and accusations of a war crime. While Riyadh eventually acknowledged “mistakes” over the attack, coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki later denied it was a war crime and disputed numerous sources who stated the victims were children.
Saudi-UAE coalition air raid kills civilians in Yemen’s Hodeidah
(October 13, 2018) — An air raid by the Saudi-UAE coalition targeting Houthi fighters in Yemen has killed at least 17 people in the province of Hodeidah, according to rebel officials.
Youssef al-Hadari, spokesman for the Houthi-run Health Ministry, said the raid on Saturday targeted the Jabal Rass area. At least 20 people were wounded, he told The Associated Press.
Medical sources told Reuters that 10 civilians were among those killed when the air raid hit a Houthi checkpoint as a bus was passing through.
Eight members of the same family were among the victims, they said. A spokesman for the Saudi-UAE coalition could not immediately be reached for comment.
The coalition intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 to restore the country’s internationally recognised government to power.
Hodeidah, with its key port installations that bring in humanitarian aid, has become the centre of Yemen’s conflict, with ground troops allied to the coalition struggling to drive out the rebels who control it.
The coalition has conducted thousands of air raids targeting the Iran-aligned Houthis, and has often hit civilians, but denies doing so intentionally.
The war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than two million and driven the country — which was already the poorest on the Arabian Peninsula — to the verge of widespread famine.
The United Nations said the conflict in Yemen has produced the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Saudi-led Airstrike Kills 17
in Contested Yemeni Port City
Ahmen al-Haj / Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen (October 13, 2018) — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels known as Houthis killed at least 17 people in the port-city of Hodeida on Saturday, Yemeni rebel officials said.
The strike, which hit in the Jebel Ras area, also wounded 20 people, a spokesman for the rebel-run Health Ministry, Youssef al-Hadari, said.
Hodeida, with its key port installations that bring in UN and other humanitarian aid, has become the center of Yemen’s conflict, with ground troops allied to the coalition struggling to drive out the rebels who control it.
Tribal leaders said the strike hit traffic, including a bus that was completely destroyed, killing all inside, adding that women and children were among the dead. The tribal leaders spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their safety.
The death toll is expected to rise as many of the wounded were in critical condition.
The Saudi-led coalition has been locked in a stalemated war with the rebels since 2015. An estimated 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen’s conflict, which has produced what the United Nations says is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
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