United States Coalition Slaughters Children in Yemen

A United States backed coalition led by the Saudis has missed yet another target, killing at least 50, many of whom were children.


By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

This Thursday, a US-backed, Saudi-led airstrike has killed at least 29 Yemeni children on a school bus. The bomb smashed into the bus in a marketplace in northern Yemen. The children aboard were reportedly heading to their daily summer camp.

Mass Bombing in Yemen

So far, there have been at least 50 casualties. The Red Cross in Yemen tweeted Thursday about the status of victims they are treating.

The United States has aided the Saudis with fuel, weapons and mid-air support in the strikes against Yemen. They also have supported Saudi Arabia militarily in their blockade of Yemen.

The coalition claimed that the strikes, despite slaughtering dozens of children, were done in accordance with international law. However, international law strictly prohibits the killing of not only children, but any civilians.

Moreover, the group claimed that Houthis, an Islamic group in Yemen, were using children as human shields.

Most of the victims from the bombing were ten years of age or less, according to Johannes Bruwer, The ICRC Yemen’s head of delegation.

The air strikes appear to be a part of a larger war between the Houthi group and the Yemeni government. The former seized control from the latter in parts of the country three years ago. Since then, the United States and United Kingdom have allied with the Saudis and the Yemeni government against the Houthis.

Behind the Scenes Support for War

Back in the United States, some politicians are voicing their disapproval for the cold-blooded attack. Senator Chris Murphy tweeted Thursday:

But despite this, Murphy shows a desire to increase military spending. On his official website, Murphy voices his opinion that “a strong military is the foundation of U.S. national security”. He also supports tens of billions of new dollars in funding for F-35s and other war planes. Thus, it appears that the tragedies will only continue, for even the American voices supporting an end are quietly and continually funding the endless stream of bombs and bloodshed.

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