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World Saudi-led coalition announces probe into Yemen bus attack

17:30  10 august  2018
17:30  10 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has called on the Saudi - led coalition operating in Yemen to carry out a thorough investigation into the attack on a bus carrying children in the country’s northern Saada province

READ MORE: Saudi - Led Coalition Blames Houthi Rebels for Yemen Port Deaths. US Department of State spokesperson earlier called on the Saudi - led coalition operating in Yemen to carry out a thorough investigation into the attack .

Yemenis dig graves for children who where killed when their bus was hit during a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a market in the Huthi rebel stronghold of Saada © Provided by AFP Yemenis dig graves for children who where killed when their bus was hit during a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a market in the Huthi rebel stronghold of Saada

The Saudi-led coalition on Friday announced a probe into an air strike on a bus that killed at least 29 children in Yemen where it is fighting Huthi rebels.

"The leadership of the coalition has ordered the immediate opening of an investigation to assess the events, clarify their circumstances and announce the results as soon as possible," a senior coalition official said, quoted by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The announcement came a day after the raid in the northern Yemeni rebel stronghold of Saada that also left at least 48 others wounded, stirring calls for an investigation from the United Nations and Washington.

Washington demands probe into Yemen bus strike

  Washington demands probe into Yemen bus strike The United States called Thursday for a "thorough" investigation following the deaths of 29 children in northern Yemen in a strike on a bus carried out by the Saudi-led coalition. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the US was "concerned" by reports of an attack resulting in civilian deaths."We are calling the Saudi led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident," she said.Nauert added the US takes credible accounts of civilian casualties "very seriously." "We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians," she said.

Top Stories. Strike on Yemen bus kills 29 children. The children, all under the age of 15, died in a Saudi - led coalition attack in the rebel-held north.

The UN Secretary-General has called for an “independent investigation” into the Saudi coalition strike on a bus in Yemen which killed at least 50 people, mostly children, and injured over 70 others. While the coalition called the attack “legitimate

The senior official said the decision to investigate the strike followed information reported by "media and international organisations working in Yemen, regarding an operation by coalition forces in the province of Saada Thursday, and of a passenger bus which suffered collateral damage in this operation".

A hospital supported by the International Committee for the Red Cross received the bodies of 29 children after the strike, the organisation said.

Huthi health minister Taha al-Mutawakel on Friday put the death toll at 51 people, including 40 children, while warning the number of victims could rise further.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an "independent and prompt" probe into the incident, while the US State Department urged the coalition to undertake a "thorough and transparent" investigation.

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The bomb used in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, munitions experts told CNN. Working with local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, CNN has established that the weapon that left dozens of children dead on August 9 was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors.The bomb is very similar to the one that wreaked devastation in an attack on a funeral hall in Yemen in October 2016 in which 155 people were killed and hundreds more wounded.

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