Iran slams Saudi-UAE airstrike on Yemeni school bus

TEHRAN, Aug. 09 (MNA) – Iran has strongly condemned the Thursday airstrike carried out by US-backed, Saudi-led coalition on a school bus in Yemen that killed dozens of people, mostly children under 10.

In a statement on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi extended his condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, calling on international communities and human rights organizations to put a stop to the continuation of such aggressions against Yemen in any way possible.

The Saudi-UAE military coalition carried out an airstrike against a school bus in Saada province early Thursday that wounded 61 people and killed as many as 43, including children attending Holy Quran classes, according to the head of a health department in Saada.

“The escalation of airstrikes on residential areas and civilian targets indicate the consecutive defeats of the coalition forces in the war fronts,” said Ghasemi.

The Iranian diplomat expressed deep regret at the continuation of arms support to Saudi Arabia and the UAE by some so-called defenders of human rights, adding “they are complicit in these war crimes and must be held accountable.”

Ghasemi further called on the United Nations and effective countries to intensify their efforts toward putting an immediate halt to the attacks, and to take necessary measures to protect the wellbeing and safety of civilians, particularly women and children.

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