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Yet Another US-Saudi Massacre In Yemen: UN Condemns Airstrike Killing 22 Children
08-25-2018, 11:54 PM,
Yet Another US-Saudi Massacre In Yemen: UN Condemns Airstrike Killing 22 Children
Yet Another US-Saudi Massacre In Yemen: UN Condemns Airstrike Killing 22 Children

<p>Just two weeks after a US-Saudi coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen killed some 40 children in an event <a href="">which finally caught international media attention</a>, there's a new report that <strong>coalition jets have struck a camp for internally displaced people in the flashpoint region of Hodeidah</strong>.</p>

<p>Pro-Houthi rebel outlets were the first to report the massacre, which was quickly picked up in international media. According to reports, <strong>at least 22 children and four women were killed</strong>. </p>
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<figcaption><em>Prior US-Saudi strikes on Yemen in 2017. Image source: Getty via The New Arab</em></figcaption></figure><p><strong><em>"[The victims were] dead children and women. [It was a] disgusting crime,"</em></strong> the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV network reported Thursday. Refugees were reportedly fleeing fighting in the area area when the airstrike occurred. </p>

<p>The BBC reports the following based on <a href="">a United Nation official in the region</a>: "The victims were fleeing fighting in the al-Durayhimi district, south of the port city of Hudaydah, when their vehicle was hit on Thursday. A separate air strike the same day killed four children, according to the UN's humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock."</p>

<p>The UN quickly weighing in on the attack is significant, given both Saudi and United States <a href="">recent statements</a> indicating they do not deliberately target civilians or civilian infrastructure.</p>
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<figcaption><em>Screengrab from Al Jazeera coverage showing the strike aftermath on Thursday.</em></figcaption></figure><p>After the August 9th attack on a school bus in the north of the country, which killed scores of mostly children,<strong> the Saudi coalition spokesman <a href="">defended its actions as </a>"legitimate"</strong>.</p>

<p>The BBC continues of the heightened scrutiny regarding US-Saudi coalition <a href="">war crimes in Yemen</a>: </p>

<p><a href="">Mr Lowcock's statement on Friday</a> confirmed that the victims had been fleeing violence around the rebel-held port city Hudaydah.</p>

<p>He renewed calls for an impartial and independent investigation into air strikes. <a href="">A report by Human Rights Watch the same day accused</a> the Saudi-led coalition of failing to hold "credible" investigations into such incidents.</p>

<p>The reported attack was condemned by Unicef, Save the Children and other international organisations.</p>

<p>Earlier this month, <strong>UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for an independent and prompt investigation into Saudi coalition airstrikes on civilian targets</strong>, including the August 9 school bus attack.</p>

<p>UNICEF's regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, <a href="">had tweeted</a> in the aftermath of the school bus massacre: "NO EXCUSES ANYMORE!!"</p>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Astonishing graphic from <a href="">@CNN</a>, identifying civilian massacres in Yemen with the bomb makers - Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics. This should be standard in war reporting. Searing images. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>
— Tim Shorrock (@TimothyS) <a href="">August 18, 2018</a></blockquote>
<script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script><p>There's further been rising bipartisan support in Congress for cutting off US intelligence support and weapons supplied to Saudi Arabia, especially after it was revealed the specific laser-guided bomb used on the school bus was <a href="">a US-supplied Lockheed Martin manufactured weapon</a>. The UAE also plays a lead role in air operations over Yemen as a regional US and Saudi ally.</p>

<p>In subsequent statements a Pentagon official told <em>Vox </em>that <strong>the US is not going to investigate the origins of the bomb from the August 9th attack</strong>, <a href="">saying</a>, “We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them.” However, a tracking number on the side of a bomb fragment confirms it was supplied by the US, as <a href="">also recently confirmed</a> by CNN. </p>

<p>The Pentagon has lately claimed to be heavily drawing down its assistance to the Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen. </p><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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