International condemnations denounce the US backed -Saudi-led coalition attack on Yemeni childern
By :Yousra Abdulmalik
A big number of international condemnations denounced sharply the US backed-Saudi led coalition’s yesterday massacre on a bus carrying students in the Dahyan district of Sa’ada province, which killed 50 people and wounded more than 70 others, mostly childern .
Johannes Bruwer, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation to Yemen, said in a tweet that most of those killed by the airstrike were children less than 10 years of age.
UN Secretary General António Guterres has condemned it, calling for an independent investigation into the case.
“The secretary general condemns the airstrike today by the coalition forces in Sa’ada, which hit a busy market area in Majz district and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp,” Farhan Haq, the UN chief’s deputy spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday.
He added that Guterres has urged an “independent and prompt” probe into the attack that killed at least 50 civilians, mainly children, and wounded 77 others at a market in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada.
In regard of yesterday crime, EU said Saa’da tragic accident confirms that there is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen , while Amnesty International calls on the Spanish government to stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia after the crime of childhood in Sa’ada. For its part, French Foreign Ministry supported the request of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to open an inquiry into the circumstances of that tragedy.Netherlands , in addition, calls for closed-door consultations of the Security Council .The Security Council also expresses its deep concern over the raids on a bus in Saada and all recent raids in Yemen.The British Organization for the Rights of Yemenis added that there is a big plot led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen regimes that carry out the war on Yemen which want to dominate the entire region and appealled to the United Nations and the international community to intervene immediately to stop the war in Yemen , as well as International Campaign to Stop Arms Trade wondered saying that Why should Britain continue to arm Saudi Arabia despite its atrocities in Yemen?, adding If killing schoolchildren in Yemen is not enough to stop arms sales, what is required?
U.S. Senator Sen. Chris Murphy condemned the killing of Yemeni children in Saada province, northern Yemen by the coalition air strikes, expressing outrage over the attack and demanded once again that lawmakers end their complicity in the war.
Iran has sharply condemned it, calling on the world community to put pressure on the Riyadh regime and its allies to stop perpetrating more crimes in the impoverished country. Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, expressed sympathy with the families of those killed and injured in the latest Saudi airstrike.
The head of the American Foundation for Human Rights, Ben Wickler, condemned the coalition bombing of school bus, saying in a tweet that “if the Democrats regain power in Congress, let’s make sure that their oversight is not just an internal policy.”
He also said that they should also end the slaughter of children, and mentioned the children of Dahyan who were targeted bthe coalition, adding that “The slaughter of children, including dozens who were bombed in a school bus with the support of the United States allied, Saudi Arabia, involved with Al Qaeda in Yemen, must be revealed.”
The National Commission for UNESCO condemned the massacre, considering it a proof of the insistence of aggression on the shedding innocent Yemeni blood without regard to all international covenants and divine laws.
The statement called on the international community and the United Nations to act immediately to put an end to these heinous crimes against humanity and to refer the perpetrators to the International Criminal Court.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation called for an international probe into coalition’s crimes in Yemen.
In a statement obtained by YemenExtra, the ministry expressed serious concern over the death of a number of civilians in Yemen as a result of the coalition airstrikes that hit a school bus in the market of Dhahyan district on Thursday.
The German Foreign Ministry said that “The killing of many children, and the resulting grief and pain, is extremely sad,”.
The bus targeted by the coalition forces was carrying a group of young school children attending summer classes of the Holy Qur’an, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network reported.
The coalition, in a defiant statement, has described the massacre as a “legitimate action” to target missile launchers used by Houthi Ansarullah fighters to target the southern Saudi city of Jizan.
Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki even claimed that the strikes “conformed to international and humanitarian laws.”
In March 2015, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of its regional allies — mainly the united Arab Emirates and Jordan — started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.
Sayyad Abdulmalik AL-Houthi claimed on one of his speech that Saudi Arabia is just a tool used by USA and Israel to fight Yemen to conquer it and wrestle control over Red Sea and Bab-AL-Mandab which will enable them to rule the world.
According to several reports, the coalition campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster, as Saudi Arabia’s deadly campaign prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country.