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The coalition led by Saudi Arabia admits that the “killers” in the deadly bus strike in Yemen

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia admits that the “killers” in the deadly bus strike in Yemen

Riyadh – The Saudi-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen on Saturday admitted that “mistakes” were made in an air strike in August that killed 51 people, including 40 children.

The bombing in a crowded market in a part of northern Yemen held by rebels Huthi killed a total of 51 people, according to the Red Cross.

Fifty-six children were also among 79 people injured in the August 9 strike in Saada province, a stronghold of the Houthis, who share borders with Saudi Arabia.

The incident sparked a wave of international anger and calls from the UN Security Council for a “credible and transparent” investigation.

Coalition spokesman Mansour al-Mansour said a coalition investigation found that mistakes were made before the strike, and called for those responsible to be “punished.”

He said at a press conference in Riyadh that “an order had been given not to attack the bus, which was among civilians, but the order was late.”

Another mistake was that “the target did not pose an immediate threat and that pointing the bus at a residential area was not justified at that time,” he said.

The coalition had claimed to have attacked a bus carrying rebels.

Mansour repeated on Saturday that the bus had been “transporting the Huthi leaders” according to information from the intelligence services.

But Mansour admitted that the strike had “caused collateral damage.”

The coalition has been accused of committing numerous errors in Yemen.

He has recognized some of them, but regularly accuses Huthis of hiding among civilians or of using them as human shields.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Huthis overthrew the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi of the capital, Sanaa, and seized parts of the country.

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