Last month, Saudi warplanes attacked a busload of school children in northern Yemen, killing scores of them. The strike used a US-provided bomb, and led to major Congressional moves to limit involvement in the war. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday, signed off on Saudi activities, bypassing Congressional limits.
Having dodged a bullet in avoiding Congressional attempts to halt US aid, the Saudis clearly haven’t learned anything, however, as on Thursday, Saudi warplanes attacked a bus station in the port city of Hodeidah, killing at least 20 civilians, mostly children.
WARNING: Graphic video below.
— Ahmad Algohbary (@AhmadAlgohbary) September 12, 2018
Video number 2 shows the aftermath of #Saudi led coalition airstrikes on bus station yesterday in #Hodeidah City. #Yemen.
20 were killed and 25 injured including children.
(Warning graphic content). pic.twitter.com/mJ1yn7EXmL
— Ahmad Algohbary (@AhmadAlgohbary) September 13, 2018
Saudi forces have carried out multiple attacks against Hodeidah in recent days, trying to help Yemen forces attack the vital aid port. Yet as has often been a problem with Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, their targeting seems haphazard, and as likely to just hit a bus depot full of civilians waiting to evacuate as any combatants.
Very public incidents of civilian deaths, especially egregious cases of killing children in buses, have meant a lot of patience with the Saudi war has run out. Such incidents are likely to continue to undermine what little international support the war still enjoys.
Via Anti War