Yemen’s Houthis welcome U.N. name for investigation into air strikes

DUBAI/GENEVA (Reuters) – Yemen’s Houthi group welcomed on Friday a name by the United Nations for an unbiased investigation into Saudi-led coalition air strikes that killed dozens of individuals a day earlier, together with youngsters touring on a bus.

FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises after an airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

“We welcome the decision of the secretary normal (of the United Nations) and we’re able to cooperate,” the top of the Houthis’ supreme revolutionary committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, mentioned in a tweet.

A Yemeni well being official and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mentioned on Thursday that an air strike had hit the bus carrying youngsters because it drove by a market in northern Saada province.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned the air strike and known as for an “unbiased and immediate investigation”, his spokesman mentioned.

Henrietta Fore, government director of the U.N. Children’s Fund UNICEF, mentioned in a press release on Friday that the “horrific” bus assault “marks a low level in (Yemen’s) brutal struggle”.

“The query now could be whether or not it’ll even be a turning level — the second that should lastly push the opponents, UN Security Council and worldwide group to do what’s proper for youngsters and produce an finish to this battle,” she added.

The Western-backed alliance combating the Iranian-aligned Houthis mentioned the air strikes had focused missile launchers used to assault the southern Saudi metropolis of Jizan on Wednesday, killing a Yemeni civilian there.

It accused the Houthis of utilizing youngsters as human shields and mentioned the strikes have been carried out in accordance with worldwide humanitarian legislation.

The U.S.-led coalition carried out new air strikes on Friday, killing a woman and injuring a number of different individuals whose dwelling was focused within the Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa, the Houthis’ al-Masirah TV mentioned.

The Houthi-run Saba information company mentioned their forces fired a short-range ballistic missile at a camp of navy items backed by the Saudi-led coalition, south of Marib.

The coalition didn’t affirm finishing up new raids in Yemen nor the missile strike reported by Saba.

Yemen, the place a Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Iranian-aligned Houthi motion in a three-year-old struggle, lies on one of many world’s most necessary commerce routes for oil tankers, the Bab al-Mandeb strait.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli in Dubai and Stephanie Ulmer-Nebehay in Geneva; Editing by Catherine Evans

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