>> He was traveling on a bus when the air strike hit, and he's still wearing his UNICEF school bag as he's carried into the hospital. Scores of people were killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes in northern Yemen Thursday, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Most were children, its head said in a Twitter post.
The attack hit a crowded market in the town of Dahian in Saada province, the Iran-aligned Houthi movement's main stronghold.>> The strike happened in the middle of the market, and it targeted a bus carrying children. Our shops were open and shoppers were walking around as usual. Those who died were residents, children, and shop owners.
>> The western-backed alliance fighting the Houthis said its target was missile launchers used to attack a southern Saudi city on Wednesday, killing one. And it accused the Houthis of using children as human shields. Coalition air strikes have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools, and markets since Riyadh and its allies intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015.
More than 10,000 people have been killed altogether. Western powers provide arms and intelligence to the alliance, drawing criticism from rights groups.