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U.S.-Backed Saudi Forces Bomb Another School in Yemen, Killing 5, Injuring 13

This is the latest in a long string of airstrikes on civilian areas in impoverished Yemen.

Smoke rises from the main gate of the army's 1st Armoured Division near the University of Science and Technology during an attack by Yemeni Shiite Huthi anti-government rebels on September 21, 2014 in Sanaa

U.S.-backed Saudi forces bombed a school in Yemen on Tuesday, January 10. At least five people were killed in the airstrike, which hit a primary school in the district of Nihm, northeast of the capital Sanaa, AFP reported, citing medical and military sources.

Another 13 Yemenis were wounded in the attack. Among those killed were the headmaster of the school, two staff members and two children.

This is the latest in a long string of airstrikes on civilian areas in Yemen. More than one-third of the air raids carried out by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition in Yemen have hit civilian areas. A panel of experts documented for a United Nations report coalition attacks on not just schools, but also on civilian homes, hospitals, funerals, weddings, and more.

More than 10,000 Yemenis have been killed in the war. The coalition is responsible for roughly two-thirds of civilian casualties, according to the U.N. 

Tens of thousands more Yemenis have died from preventable diseases and hunger. Millions are on the brink of famine

The war has plunged Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, into what the United Nations has repeatedly, since June 2016, warned is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

Since March 2015, a coalition of Middle Eastern countries led by Saudi Arabia and armed and supported by the U.S. and U.K. has carried out thousands of airstrikes in Yemen. The coalition is hoping to defeat rebels from the Houthi movement and allied forces loyal to former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, and to restore the pro-Saudi government of ousted leader Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.

Ben Norton is a reporter for AlterNet's Grayzone Project. You can follow him on Twitter at @BenjaminNorton.

 

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