Sanaa, Aug 13 : Dozens of Yemeni children staged a protest in the capital Sanaa against airstrikes by the Saudi-led international coalition, which is believed to be behind the recent bombing of three buses that killed at least 51 people, mostly children.
The young protesters of various ages chanted anti-Saudi slogans and carried banners in both Arabic and English. “Who allowed you to shed the blood of the children of Yemen?” one of the signs, addressed to Riyadh, read.
“Yemen is bleeding, protect childhood,” read the signs carried by some of the children, who also staged a sketch in which they pretended they had been killed and sprayed themselves with fake blood.
A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been carrying out devastating airstrikes since 2015 against Houthi positions – causing thousands of civilian deaths in the process, in an attempt to restore government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, which is currently based in the southern port city of Aden.
On Thursday, an airstrike hit a bus carrying children on their way to an educational summer camp organized by the Ministry for Islamic Affairs near the northwestern city of Sa’ada, killing at least 40 minors.
Houthis stronghold is in the province of Sa’ada, near the border with neighbouring Saudi Arabia.
According to reports, the Saudi-led coalition has said it would investigate the attack on the buses.
The United Nations, the European Union and numerous humanitarian organizations have all warned that the consequences of the Saudi-led intervention, such as a famine threatening almost 18 million people or a cholera outbreak infecting hundreds of thousands, have reached the level of a humanitarian “disaster” or “catastrophe”.