Yemen airstrike kills dozens of children, reportedly on a field trip

One dead, several wounded after Saudi Arabia 'intercepts Yemen missile'

One dead, several wounded after Saudi Arabia 'intercepts Yemen missile'

At least 43 people, mostly children believed to be under the age of 10, were killed and several injured when Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit buses in northern Yemen on Thursday, officials said. "[ICRC] sending additional supplies to hospitals to cope with the influx".

"Under the worldwide humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict", it added.

Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children's Fund regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said the children were "reportedly under the age of 15".

Saudi Arabia backs Yemen's internationally recognized government and has been at war with the Houthis since March 2015.

The missile was sacked from the rebel-held Yemeni province of Amran towards the Saudi city of Jizan, the coalition said.

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Upon interception, Saudis say the missile exploded into fragments that killed one Yemeni civilian and injured 11 other people.

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam said the coalition had shown "clear disregard for civilian life" as the attack had targeted a crowded public place in the city. As Al Jazeera reported, a third of the 258 attacks carried out by Saudi and UAE forces in June targeted non-military sites. Video footage, which CBS News can't independently verify, appear to show the devastating aftermath. The coalition denied that it had carried out air strikes in the area, and blamed the deaths on rebel mortar fire.

Al-Malki insisted Thursday's attack carried out in Saada is a "legitimate military action" and is "in accordance with worldwide humanitarian law and customs".

"The Coalition will take all necessary measures against the terrorist, criminal acts of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia, such as recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools and covers to their terrorist acts", coalition spokesperson Col.

The United States and other Western powers provide arms and intelligence to the alliance, and human rights groups have criticized them over coalition air strikes that have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

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"We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident", she said.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), an outspoken critic of the United States' support for the Saudi coalition, expressed fury over the attack and demanded once again that lawmakers end their complicity in the war. But the coalition denied carrying out any attacks in the city, saying it follows a "strict and transparent approach based on the rules global law".

After today's strike, Lise Grande, United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, urged all parties to come to the table.

The Houthis have launched a series of missile strikes on the kingdom, including the capital, Riyadh, over the past year.

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