US general urges Saudis to probe Yemen strike

US general urges Saudis to probe Yemen strike

A coalition strike last Thursday hit a bus in Huthi rebel-held northern Yemen, killing dozens of children, according to the International Committee for the Red Cross.

Yemeni people carry the coffins of victims of a Saudi-led airstrike, during a funeral in Saada, Yemen, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

Dozens of Yemeni children gathered on Sunday in the capital Sanaa to protest against airstrikes by the Saudi-led worldwide coalition, which is believed to be behind the recent bombing of three buses that killed at least 51 people, mostly children.

The coalition said on Friday it would investigate the strike after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and called for an independent probe.

The head of the Houthis' supreme revolutionary committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, attended the funeral and blamed the United States "for this crime and all the crimes that have been committed against Yemen", the Houthi-held al-Masirah TV said.

The attack killed at least 50 and wounded over 60 others, the vast majority of whom were young children.

"This war has been and remains an ugly war", Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) minister of state for foreign affairs, told a news conference in Dubai.

Ahmed bin Daghr reaffirmed the Yemeni government's intention to support the talks starting on September 6 and said the intervention of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition had helped his country stand up to Iran's interference through the Houthi rebels.

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The coalition initially said its actions were "legitimate", but later said it would probe "collateral damage".

The coalition of Sunni Muslim Arab states backed by Western powers including the United States and Britain intervened in Yemen's civil war in 2015 against the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement to restore the internationally recognised government of President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Defense officials described the USA general's visit as a fact-finding mission and said the United States would not conduct a separate investigation.

Despite the fragments of USA -made munitions found at the strike site, the US military has refused to acknowledge that the bomb used in the attack had been sold to the coalition by the United States.

The coalition has faced widespread criticism from civil society groups and, increasingly, USA lawmakers who have decried repeated strikes on civilian targets.

"War is not something that can be actually a clean operation", said the UAE minister.

According to CNN-which obtained and published the footage on Monday-most of the children on the bus were killed by the Saudi airstrike less than an hour after the video was captured.

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