Dozens killed, including children, in Yemen air strikes

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Dozens killed, including children, in Yemen air strikes

ADEN (Reuters) – Air strikes killed dozens of people, including children, in Yemen’s Saada, Yemeni medical sources and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.

Smoke rises after an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

The ICRC said one attack hit a bus driving children in Dahyan market, in northern Saada, adding hospitals there received dozens of dead and wounded.

Smoke rises after an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

It was unclear how many children were killed and how many air strikes were carried out in the area. Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, head of a health department in Saada told Reuters that the death toll rose to 43, with 61 wounded.

“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.

Saudi Arabia and Sunni Muslim allies have been fighting in Yemen for more than three years against the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control much of north Yemen including the capital Sanaa and drove a Saudi-backed government into exile in 2014.

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition.

Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Alison Williams

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