Claims of another strike against children in Yemen

Dozens of children were killed in a Saudi-led airstrike earlier this month.
Dozens of children were killed in a Saudi-led airstrike earlier this month. Photo credit: Reuters

Shiite rebels have blamed an attack in Yemen's west on the Saudi-led coalition, saying it killed nearly 30 people including 22 children and four women.

But the state media of United Arab Emirates (UAE), a key coalition member, disputed the claim and said the rebels launched the attack, killing one child and injuring dozens.

Taha al-Mutawakil, Minister of Health in the Houthi Government, said the crime was committed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE "under American cover".

Other Houthi officials provided lower initial figures saying at least nine were killed. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media.

The UAE's official news agency WAM, however, reported that the Houthis launched a ballistic missile in the area killing one child and injuring dozens.

Neither side's claims could be independently verified.

Earlier this month, a Saudi-led airstrike hit a bus full of children, killing dozens.

Impoverished Yemen has been embroiled in the war pitting the coalition against the Iran-aligned Houthis since March 2015.

Civilians have been enmeshed over the years in the conflict which has killed more than 10,000, crippled the country's health system and pushed it to the brink of famine.

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