Saudi Soldiers Killed in Yemeni Retaliatory Attack

Mourners carry the coffin of a child at the funeral procession for those killed in an airstrike on a bus carried out last week by a warplane of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition

In a readout of Pompeo's conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the top U.S. diplomat made no mention of last week's Saudi-led airstrike on a school bus in Yemen that killed dozens of children, many under the age of 10.

In the wake of the USA -backed Saudi-led coalition's horrific bombing of a school bus last week that killed 40 Yemeni children and amid reports on Tuesday of dozens more civilian deaths after a new wave of Saudi bombings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) has sent a detailed letter (pdf) to the Department of Defense Inspector General demanding an investigation into whether Trump administration officials violated us or worldwide law by assisting the Saudis in their assault on Yemen.

The Al Saud regime along with some of its allies, particularly the UAE, has been waging a deadly war against impoverished Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crush the popular Ansarullah movement.

The crowd held pictures of the children and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and its ally and key arms supplier, the United States.

The war in impoverished Yemen has left almost 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

The coalition has promised an internal inquiry but analysts and aid groups have voiced doubt it is ready to provide the transparency and accountability demanded by the wider worldwide community.

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The child deaths have been an embarrassment for Western governments which supply the coalition with warplanes and other weapons and have sought to prevent the conduct of the war being scrutinised too closely.

"It is indisputable that the DoD-supported coalition has killed large numbers of children, women, and men who are civilians".

The coalition has been repeatedly blamed for bombing civilians, including a strike on a wedding hall in the Red Sea coastal town of Mokha in September 2015, in which 131 people died.

The airstrike, which Saudi Arabia initially said was a "legitimate military operation carried out in accordance with humanitarian law", struck a bus carrying schoolchildren from a summer camp. The U.S. has backed a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to restore the government.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani said on Al-Hadath channel on Monday that his government welcomed the Geneva talks.

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