Coalition says deadly Yemen raid hit rebels, not school


Ten children reported dead in Yemen air strkie, parliament convenes

At least 10 children were killed and 21 were injured in northern Yemen on Saturday, aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said, in what the country’s dominant Houthi group said was a Saudi-led air strike on a school.

Yemeni pro-government troops, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, seized two large towns east of the port city of Aden from al-Qaida on Sunday, officials said.

The group said on Twitter that 28 children were also injured in the attack in Haydan of Saada province.

The Islamic School released some of the names of those killed.

The war and airstrikes in Yemen have since killed over 6,400 people, mostly civilians.

“The secretary-general notes with dismay that civilians, including children, continue to bear the brunt of increased fighting and military operations in Yemen”.

The Houthis are also aligned with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who remains a powerful presence in the country, and maintain military and political muscle.

MSF echoed UNICEF’s call for “all warring parties to take greater measures to protect civilians”.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called for the Saudi absolute monarchy to be suspended from the U.N. Human Rights Council because of its “gross and systematic violations of human rights overseas and at home”. Gen Assiri sent to Agence France-Presse pictures of Huthi children carrying rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After a three-month pause, it resumed the air strikes on Tuesday, less than 72 hours after United Nations envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced the collapse of peace talks in Kuwait.

Raids struck a food factory in Yemen’s rebel-controlled capital, killing 14 people, according to medics. Almost 80 percent of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.

Other Saudi-coalition airstrikes were reported in northern Yemen overnight.

Saudi Arabia’s Sunni Muslim monarchy was wary of the Shiite Houthis and their links to Iran, Riyadh’s main rival in the region.

The session in rebel-held Sanaa was the first time parliament has convened in nearly two years, and comes after the Huthis rejected a United Nations peace plan and appointed a council to run the country.

Saudi-coalition bombed the small village school in the Saada district.

Around 100 Saudi soldiers and civilians have been killed inside the kingdom’s borders since last March.