Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

One dead, several wounded after Saudi Arabia 'intercepts Yemen missile'

One dead, several wounded after Saudi Arabia 'intercepts Yemen missile'

Saudi Arabia shot down a missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday, with debris killing a Yemeni man and wounding 11 others, a Riyadh-led coalition fighting the insurgents said.

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates intervened in Yemen's war in 2015 to unseat the Houthis and restore the internationally recognised government in exile.

He accused the rebels of using children as "tools and covers for their terrorist acts".

The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.

The bus was hit as it was driving through a market in the rebel-held province of Saada, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV.

A Reuters photographer saw bloodied and bandaged children being treated by doctors.

Houthi media broadcast gruesome footage appearing to show the dead bodies of children.

The children were on their way to summer camps, Yahya Sha'em, head of the Houthi-held health office in Saada told CNN.

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Johannes Bruwer, head of delegation for the ICRC in Yemen, also said in a tweet that most of the victims were under the age of 10.

It was unclear how many children were killed and how many air strikes were carried out in the area, in northern Yemen, near the border with Saudi Arabia.

The coalition has insisted it never deliberately targets civilians but human rights groups have accused it of bombing markets, schools, hospitals and residential areas.

It was not immediately clear whether the bus was the target of the air strike, but coalition spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said the attack was "a legitimate military action, conducted in conformity with global humanitarian law".

"Today's attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation... it conformed to worldwide and humanitarian laws", said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki in the statement.

Saada, the main stronghold of the Houthis, has mainly come under air strikes from the coalition as the mountainous province makes battles hard for pro-government ground troops.

The war in Yemen has killed nearly 10,000 people in three years, and is what the United Nations has labelled as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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