At Least 10 Children Killed in Airstrike on Northern Yemen


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.

The tragedy occurred as Yemen’s parliament convened for the first time in almost two years, in a move that bolsters the Houthi movement and challenges the Saudi-backed exiled government.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition had no comment on the attack. Saudi Arabia and its allies have launched thousands of air strikes against the Houthis since they drove the internationally recognized government into exile in March 2015.

“@MSF received today 21 injured & 10 deaths in Haydan #Saada. All were under 15 years old,” the medical aid group said on its official Twitter account.

Mohammed Abdul-Salam, a senior official from the Houthi movement whose main support base is in Saada, blamed the attack on the mostly Gulf Arab military coalition that has been at war with the group for over a year.

At least 6,400 people have been killed in the conflict, around half of them civilians.

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Reuters