Coalition denies targeting Yemen school as 10 children killed

August 14, 2016 | By | Reply More

Aug  14, – Doctors Without Borders, a Paris-based relief agency also known as MSF, said the children were killed Saturday in coalition raids on a school in Haydan, a town in rebel-held Saada province.

children killedThe Saudi-led coalition Sunday denied targeting a Yemeni school in air strikes that killed 10 children, instead saying it bombed a camp at which Iran-backed rebels train underage soldiers.

The coalition of Arab states has been battling the Huthi rebels since 2015 after the insurgents seized Sanaa before expanding to other parts of the country.

Ten days ago it acknowledged “shortcomings” in two out of eight cases it has investigated of strikes on civilian targets in Yemen that the UN has condemned.

Coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri said the strikes hit a Huthi training camp, killing militia fighters including a leader identified as Yehya Munassar Abu Rabua.

“The site that was bombed… is a major training camp for militia,” he told AFP. “Why would children be at a training camp?”

Yemen’s government had confirmed to the coalition that “there is no school in this area”, he said.

Assiri said MSF’s toll “confirms the Huthis’ practice of recruiting and subjecting children to terror”.

“They… use them as scouts, guards, messengers and fighters,” he said, noting previous reports from Human Rights Watch on the rebels’ use of underage recruits.

“When jets target training camps, they cannot distinguish between ages,” Assiri said.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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