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Saudi-led coalition airstrike reportedly kills at least 20 more kids

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Children
treated for injuries after a Saudi-led coalition hit a school
bus.

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  • A Saudi-led coalition airstrike allegedly killed at
    least 20 children children in Yemen on Thursday, according to
    several reports from freelance journalists on the
    ground.
  • It’s unclear at this point exactly how many civilians
    were killed, and how the airstrike was carried
    out. 
  • The alleged airstrike comes two weeks after a Saudi-led
    coalition airstrike killed dozens of children in a
    school bus
    in northern Yemen. 

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike allegedly killed at least 20
children in Yemen on Thursday, according to several reports from
journalists on the ground. 

“Terrible news coming from western port city of
Hodeidah, Yemen,” freelance journalist Shuaib M. Almosawa
tweeted. “
Saudi
coalition has reportedly targeted displaced people and a private
house, killing 31 mostly children in al-Duraihimi district,
according to health ministry in capital Sana.”

It’s unclear at this point exactly how many civilians were
killed, and how the airstrike was carried out. 

#Breaking update from a
friend in Alduraihimi: 20 displaced children and 4 women killed
in this attack by #Saudi led coalition in
Alduraihimi area #Hodeidah #Yemen,” another freelance
journalist, Ahmad Algohbary, tweeted

The alleged airstrike comes two weeks after a Saudi-led
coalition airstrike killed dozens of children in a
school bus
in northern Yemen. 

The bomb used in the Saudi-led coalition airstrike on
August 9 was reportedly a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided
MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, a top US defense
contractor.

The Saudi-led coalition launched an invasion of the
Iranian-backed Houthi-controlled port city of Hodeidah in
June
, which the UN has warned could end up killing as many as
250,000 civilians.

The conflict in Yemen, which began in 2015 after the Houthis
overthrew the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi
from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, has been described as one of
the worst humanitarian disasters in the world, with at least 8
million people on the brink of starvation due to famine, and one
million children infected with cholera.

The US is part of the Saudi-led coalition, which began striking
the Houthis after they overthrew Hadi, as
it provides limited intelligence sharing, aerial
refueling for coalition jets and training to make coalition
airstrikes more precise, and more. 

The US’ support for the coalition, however, especially
after the airstrike that killed dozens of children two weeks ago,
has drawn condemnation from US politicians. 

In January, Germany and Norway announced that they
would stop selling weapons to
countries
 in the Saudi-led coalition over the war in
Yemen.

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