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UN demands investigation into Saudi air strike that killed dozens of children in Yemen

UNITED NATIONS secretary-general Antonio Guterres has demanded an independent investigation into the Saudi-led coalition air strike that killed dozens of children in northern Yemen on Thursday.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq said: “The secretary-general condemns the air strike … by the coalition forces in Saada, which hit a busy market area in Majz district and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp.

“He calls for an independent and prompt investigation into this incident.”

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross at least 50 people were killed, 29 of them children, when a missile hit their bus. A coalition spokesman said the strike was aimed at a “legitimate target.”

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was criticised for her “cold-blooded” response to the attack. She ruled out an independent inquiry and referred to the bombing as “a report” during a press conference.

On Thursday the leader of Yemen’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Houthi urged Russia, China and France to press for an emergency United Nations security council meeting over the attack.

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