Saudi Coalition Attacks School Bus A Day After State Department Justifies Airstrikes On Yemeni Towns

Though we are no longer shocked at the callous and indiscriminate nature of Saudi coalition attacks on Yemeni towns, we are surprised that major US networks like CNN have actually decided to cover coalition war crimes for a change. 

Early on Thursday a coalition air attack scored a direct hit on a school bus packed with children as it drove through a crowded market place

CNN provides the following disturbing details:

The bus was struck as it was driving through a market in the rebel-held province of Saada, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV.

At least 43 people were killed and 63 injured in the strike, according to the Houthi-held health ministry.

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said that a hospital it supports in Saada had received 29 dead bodies of "mainly children" under 15 years of age, and 40 injured, including 30 children.

Some of the images to come out of area hospitals currently treating the wounded confirm that it's mostly children among the casualties.

Image source: Ansar Allah Media Center cia CNN

International media featured photographs of wounded children being treated in area hospitals in the aftermath of the airstrike, which happened in Dahyan, in the rebel-held north of Yemen; however, most of the images of dead and wounded released by Yemeni media accounts are too graphic and disturbing to show. 

Aftermath of the coalition school bus attack in Dahyan, in the rebel-held north of Yemen. Image source: Reuters via The Guardian

CNN describes the scene further, citing witnesses:

Houthi media broadcast graphic footage appearing to show the dead bodies of children. Another video showed a young boy carrying a UNICEF backpack being escorted to a hospital, his face bloodied as medical staff tried to treat his injuries.

Witnesses that CNN spoke to said the attack could be heard from neighboring districts.

The Saudi-led coalition called the airstrike a "legitimate military operation," and a retaliation to a Houthi ballistic missile that targeted the kingdom's Jizan province on Wednesday night, according to Saudi Arabia's official news agency.

We've noted many times before that Saudi coalition war crimes in Yemen, which have become a weekly if not almost daily occurrence, has for years been met with mainstream media silence. For example as we recently noted a study that found that in one year, MSNBC covered 'Stormy Daniels' 455 times and the 'War In Yemen' 0 times.

Both the US and UK have since 2015 or prior, worked closely with Saudi and Emirati forces in their Yemen campaign to defeat Shia Houthi forces, which includes staffing intelligence command centers to assist in targeting, as well as providing aerial refueling for coalition jets.

It is also primarily American and British military hardware that's supplying the Saudi military machine.

The US has long tried to present its role in the conflict, which as attempting to stave off humanitarian catastrophe in Al Hudaydah, yet as NPR's Steve Inskeep confirmed while reporting from Yemen earlier this year the US military "has provided targeting information, equipment and aircraft refueling to the Saudi air campaign, which has been widely criticized for being indiscriminate and killing civilians in places like hospitals, funerals and homes."

In early June the Wall Street Journal characterized the US role in the new operation as actually "deepening" as US intelligence will provide "information to fine-tune the list of targets". While this "deepening" role is supposedly to keep the UAE and Saudis on good behavior, its really a propaganda move to give the American role a fig leaf of "humanitarian" motives.

But when entire school buses full of children are being taken out by the Saudi coalition, which receives continuing assistance from US intelligence and military officers, it is perhaps becoming increasingly hard to keep up the charade. 

The incident comes a day after the State Department spokesperson said the Saudi coalition's ongoing airstrikes on Yemen are legitimate and justified.

Meanwhile Washington's stance of indifference toward civilian deaths, which according to recent reports and human rights groups includes upward of 70,000 killed, appears to have emboldened the Saudis.

In response to early reports of a rising civilian death toll as a result of Thursday's airstrike on the school bus and market place, the Saudi Press Agency cited official coalition spokesperson Turki al-Maliki as saying: "The targeting that happened today in Saada province was a legal military action to target elements that planned and executed the targeting of civilians in the city of Jizan last night, killing and wounding civilians."

The next State Department press briefing is going to be interesting.


tmosley Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:58 Permalink

If we bombed a school bus, there wouldn't be any lightly wounded survivors. There would be thin red paste.

Rather, I think those kids happened to be fairly close to a bombing, which is a sad fact of life in a warzone.

Wouldn't it be nice if Iran would come to the table so this madness could be resolved?

Free This cossack55 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:25 Permalink

At least 43 people were killed and 63 injured in the strike, according to the Houthi-held health ministry.

That's a lot of people on a school bus...CNN? Are we to trust this?

Don't like kids being killed, so don't get me wrong. I am skeptical about this report.

The house of fraud is no good, evil butchers, but I question the voracity of the report.

Down arrows? Too soon?

LOL, this thread and the Lord Ragamuffin one are OUT OF CONTROL - ZH did this on purpose ROFLMAO!!! God love 'em!!! hahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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Billy the Poet Free This Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:24 Permalink

Treaty of Tripoli, 1797

As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion,-as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen,-and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

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Free This Billy the Poet Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:32 Permalink

Perhaps no aspect of the American founding is as politicized today as the role of religion. Be they atheists or deeply devout, liberals tend to see religious pluralism and equality as definitive American values, while conservatives (Vice President Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for example) insists that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and that fostering the country’s Christian, or Judeo-Christian, identity is essential. Those with “a secular mind-set,

It’s an old debate, as old as the United States itself.

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tmosley Billy the Poet Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:36 Permalink

Oh, so now you are on the side of international slavers!!???

^----That is how you would respond to that post if the roles were reversed.

That treaty was the product of realpoitik. The US had to stop its sailors from being enslaved, but they didn't have the military power to force them to stop. So they made a treaty full of nice, cheap words, and that ended the threat for hundreds of years. But of course, it was backed with violence.

Trump will do much the same.

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rtb61 gmrpeabody Thu, 08/09/2018 - 17:29 Permalink

Nothing to do with friendship, all to do with profits from selling war hardware and nothing more. Why are the US and UK directly assisting well the Saudi leadership are petty cowardly corrupt arseholes, used to abusing women and children and the Yemenis the poorest country in the world, not only fighting off Saudi Arabia one of the richest countries in the world, it was playing out pretty much like they were going to defeat them.

So to keep arms sales going, the US and UK, had to provide assistance. There are lies about Iran's involvement but it is all crap, nothing more than the profits from arms and munition sales, driving the conflict but beware that kind of assistance, it is a two edged blade.

Just like they didn't want Saudi Arabia to loose else sales would end, so they don't want them to win, else sales would end, so targeting and assistance is, well, purposefully bad and they are ensuring (the targeting is good enough to stop them losing, whilst being bad enough to make sure they can not win), the Yemenis will never give up and will now be a threat to Saudi Arabia for decades to come. Feuds are the lifeblood of the region it will take the Yemenis something like a century to forgive Saudi Arabia and to no longer seek revenge.

Targeting a school bus, guaranteeing those Yemenis involved and their children that survive will want to kill Saudi's for as long as they live. They are actively turning the entire Yemeni population in soldiers bent upon revenge on Saudi Arabia.

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Boxed Merlot rtb61 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:11 Permalink

...So to keep arms sales going, the US and UK, had to provide assistance....

I would add it's not just the "sales" to SA of hardware but where do you think the fuel being used to refuel the aircraft came from? When SA even owns the refineries in Houston TX, it's SA's to begin with.

This relationship has at it's roots Nixon's 1971 (recently declassified), agreement for the primary sale to be that of a US currency backed by SA oil.


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OverTheHedge Free This Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:03 Permalink

Market place. Starving people trying o buy what little food there is, and get bombed to make sure NO ONE gets to eat. I agree that the bus might just have been a serendipitous addition to the party.

If people are too scared to go out, the system collapses that little bit faster, could be the thinking. These people are mad - the poorer your enemy is, the less likely he will be to give up, and the more he can endure without needing to give up. Yemen is a lot like Afghanistan - even if the Saudis win the geographical war, they won't have won anything, and it will drag them down for a decade fighting the insurgency. Actually, I don't think they have a decade, so maybe that would be the best outcome, but it will be hard on the general population.

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Billy the Poet Free This Thu, 08/09/2018 - 14:33 Permalink

Are you an American? If so why do you LOL about giving military aid to Al Qaeda?


Both the US and UK have since 2015 or prior, worked closely with Saudi and Emirati forces in their Yemen campaign to defeat Shia Houthi forces, which includes staffing intelligence command centers to assist in targeting, as well as providing aerial refueling for coalition jets.

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Billy the Poet Free This Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:04 Permalink

I disagree. I think that most people are capitalists which is necessarily an anti-war stance. War destroys capital while respect for others allows capital to build.

Most people I know just want to be free to live and are willing to let others live in return. They want to keep what they earn and make a better life for their children. None of that involves attacking strangers a half a world away.

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OverTheHedge Free This Thu, 08/09/2018 - 15:35 Permalink

Not sure I should encourage you, but on the assumption that you are American, your government is actively supporting, arming, training, and possibly flying missions for, the Saudi government. You have a representative government, so your representative is doing this on your behalf. It is not a "they" in some distant country - it is you, supporting your government, which is blowing up kids by remote control. 

If you say you are not responsible for your government, then what ARE you responsible for, and why do you pay so much tax to kill so many children? All good existential questions which apply as much to me as to you. I chose by leaving my murderous country, and moving to a less psychopathic one. You?

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Free This OverTheHedge Thu, 08/09/2018 - 16:23 Permalink

I think the Iranians are doing the same damn thing? you don't? I have said over and over and getting sick of typing this, I would rather we get out of the muddle east, they do a fine job of killing themselves on their own.

and no, I have ZERO control of what my gov't does, that is the problem. you think I want my tax dollars paying for death? then you are misled. I cannot afford to pick up and leave, I would rather stay here and fight it, to change it.

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