School Bus Attack in Yemen Occasions Callous US State Dept. Response

Published August 13th, 2018 - 12:03 GMT
The US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Thursday's press briefing on the Saudi-led coalition attack on a school bus in Saada, Yemen where dozens of children were killed.
The US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Thursday's press briefing on the Saudi-led coalition attack on a school bus in Saada, Yemen where dozens of children were killed.

When the US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert was asked in press conference about the US-backed Saudi attack on a school bus, Nauert chose to divert the question without giving a direct answer.

Not only this, but Nauert blamed the journalists who “rarely ask” about the Houthi attacks against Saudi Arabia, in which they use Iranian-made missiles and rockets, as an implicit justification for the attack.

She continued: “We don’t have full details on what happened on the ground… I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground but we can say we are concerned about the news…”

After journalists insisted on highlighting the Saudi Arabia violation of international law in attacking a school bus, Nauert responded that she had no other details on the matter.

She also mentioned that the US urged Saudi Arabia to thoroughly investigate “the incident” as she preferred to describe it.

Nauert also goes to point out the strong relations between US and Saudi Arabia saying: “Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States”.

Her response outraged social media users as well as Yemenis, especially for her arrogance to condemn a clear violation of international and humanitaria law in killing of dozens of civilian children while on their way to school.

Some users said this was normal, as the United States does not normally criticise allies.

Others went to explicitly say what was intended by her response, as it is no secret that the US relations with Saudi Arabia are mainly based on exchanging interests, including oil and weapons.

On Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit a school bus in a busy market in the northern province of Saada. The attack killed at least 50 people, the majority of them were children and injured more than 77.

The attack drew a wide international criticism after horrific footage of children bodies while covered in blood lying on hospital stretchers crying and screaming in pain.

In response, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki went to the media to defend the attack as a "legitimate military action".

Several images were also shared for what claimed to be remnants of the bomb used in the attack, and how it clearly shows it was made in the US.


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