UN Security Council to meet on Yemen bus massacre
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He could not confirm when funerals for the victims would take place.
'Massacre of children'
The coalition, which has been fighting Yemen's rebels since 2015, acknowledged responsibility for the strike, but claimed the bus was carrying "Houthi combatants".
It said the coalition had carried out a "legitimate military action", targeting a bus in response to a deadly missile attack on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday by Houthi rebels.
In comments Friday on Twitter, the rebels' revolutionary council head, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, welcomed the UN call for an investigation and said his side was "willing to cooperate".
Ahmed al-Mansouri, the director of Saada's Al-Jumhuri hospital, condemned what he called the "massacre of children".
|The war in impoverished Yemen has left nearly 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the UN describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis|
On 2 August, attacks on a hospital and a fish market in the strategic rebel-held port city of Hodeida killed at least 55 civilians and wounded 170, according to the ICRC.
The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.
Aid agency CARE International noted that Thursday's strike came a week after the Hodeida bombardment.
"This latest air strike, only a week after the attacks on Hodeida city, demonstrates a continued disregard for human life and suffering," said Johan Mooij, the agency's country director in Yemen.
"It is beyond cruel; innocent children's lives have been lost."
The war in impoverished Yemen has left nearly 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the UN describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Since 2015, Saudi Arabia has been leading a military campaign to restore the internationally recognized government to power and push back the Houthis, who still hold the capital Sanaa.
The United States, France and Britain - three of the five permanent council members - have supported the Saudi coalition in its military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, but have expressed concern over the heavy toll on civilians.
The war has left nearly 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
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