The Saudi-led coalition has accused Houthi rebels in Yemen of using children as human shields following an attack on a bus on Thursday, saying their airstrikes in Saada constituted ‘legitimate action.’
|Saudi-led coalition says airstrikes that killed Yemeni children 'legitimate'
In a statement released by state news agency SPA, the Saudi-led coalition claimed its airstrikes in Saada were aimed at missile launchers used to attack Jiza, a city in southern Saudi Arabia.
“Today’s attack in Saada was a legitimate military operation… it conformed to international and humanitarian laws,”said coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki in the statement.
The statement also accused the Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels of using children as human shields after dozens were killed in the Dahyan Market in northern Saada on Thursday.