Yemen's Houthis Welcome UN Call for Investigation into Airstrikes on Bus
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Yemen's Houthi Ansarallah movement welcomed on Friday a call by the United Nations for an independent investigation into Saudi-led coalition airstrikes that killed dozens of people a day earlier, including children travelling on a bus.
"We welcome the call of the secretary general (of the United Nations) and we are ready to cooperate," the head of the Houthis' supreme revolutionary committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, said in a tweet.
A Yemeni health official and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday that an airstrike had hit the bus carrying children as it drove through a market in northern Sa'adah province, Reuters reported.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday condemned the airstrike and called for an "independent and prompt investigation," his spokesman said.
Henrietta Fore, executive director of the UN Children's Fund UNICEF, said in a statement on Friday that the "horrific" bus attack "marks a low point in (Yemen’s) brutal war".
"The question now is whether it will also be a turning point - the moment that must finally push the warring parties, UN Security Council and international community to do what’s right for children and bring an end to this conflict," she added.