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Thursday, August 9, 2018
50 Dead, Mostly Kids, in Saudi-led Coalition's 'Legitimate' Airstrike on Yemen Bus
If Yemen were Gaza - MSM and liberal governments would be
running around in circles with their hair on fire.
But it isn't, and there is only silence.
A Yemeni man holds a boy who was injured by an airstrike in Saada, Yemen. © Naif Rahma / Reuters
Fifty people died in a bus attack in Yemen and 77 were injured, most of whom were children, the International Committee of the Red Cross stated, citing officials. The Saudi-led coalition has called the attack "legitimate."
The attack took place in Dahyan Market in northern Saada, a Houthi rebel stronghold, on Thursday morning.
The Saudi-led coalition later said the airstrikes were aimed at missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi city of Jiza, claiming its strike constituted a "legitimate action." It went on to accuse Houthi rebels of using children as human shields.
The tragic incident has prompted the ICRC to once again call for the protection of civilians during conflicts. “Twenty million Yemeni people are in need of [humanitarian] aid. The ICRC has always called upon all parties of the conflict to [find] a political solution… in order to curb worsening humanitarian conditions,” Mirella Hodeib from the ICRC earlier told RT.
It's not the first time the coalition has hit a residential area this month. Just one week ago, an air raid in Hodeidah seaport claimed the lives of 55 civilians. An additional 170 were wounded.
"We see violations across the country and it's really sad to speak about civilian casualties in a matter of less than a week. So for us, this is painful...this is just horrific," Hodeib said.
The similarities between this situation and the violence between Israel and Gaza are significant. Both the Houthis and the Palestinians use children as shields when they launch missiles into the other country. However, Israel manages to take out these facilities with few, if any, civilian casualties. They haven't killed 50 civilians in 2 years of far more intense fighting. The Saudis are averaging 50 per week. Yet, do you hear the outcry from the world's media, from western governments, from anyone? Deafening silence! Why?