While the mainstream media provides extensive coverage of the Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen trials, the United States is responsible for supporting yet another horrific bombing in Yemen where, this time, at least 22 children were reportedly killed…
Reports claim that at least 22 children and four women were tragically killed as they tried to flee the ongoing violence in Yemen, adding to the causalities that have plagued the war-torn country.
This airstrike is just the latest from the US-backed, Saudi-led coalition to produce mass civilian causalities, and it is yet another case where civilians were targeted while trying to flee.
When describing the tragic event, a local health official said, “There were 27 in the car; most of them were children and all of them were killed by the air strike, in addition to four people who were killed on Wednesday night inside their house.”
The tragic killing highlights the challenge many civilians face – to stay in their homes and risk being bombed, or to attempt to flee.
Unfortunately, the practice of bombing vehicles that are carrying women and children to safety is not uncommon in Yemen.
The indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians has occurred regularly, and at least 40 children between the ages of 6 and 11 were killed when an airstrike hit the school bus they were in earlier this month.
Children in Yemen also face challenges in obtaining food and clean water, and estimates from the Save the Children foundation found that around 130 children in Yemen die every day from extreme hunger and disease, totaling more than 50,000 deaths in 2017 alone.
The United Arab Emirates, a key partner in the US-backed coalition, has denied the latest attack altogether, and instead claimed Houthi rebels launched an attack and that only one child was killed.
All the while, the White House has yet to comment on the recent attacks, even though the administration has continued to play a key role in the war by supplying bombs to the Saudi-led coalition.