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22 children killed by coalition air strike in Yemen, says UN

At least 22 children and four women were killed by a Saudi-led coalition air strike while fleeing fighting in Yemen, the UN aid chief said on Friday, condemning attacks on civilians.

In addition to that strike on Thursday, four other children died in a separate air strike, the UN Undersecretary-General for humanitarian affairs Mark Lowcock said. Both stikes happened at Al-Durayhimi district, south of the rebel-held city of Hodeida.

“This is the second time in two weeks that an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition has resulted in dozens of civilian casualties,” said Mr. Lowcock in a statement.

A coalition attack on a bus in the northern rebel stronghold of Saada on August 9 killed 40 children, prompting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to call for an independent investigation.

‘Impartial probe’

Mr. Lowcock echoed Mr. Guterres’ appeal for “an impartial, independent and prompt investigation”, and said “those with influence” over the warring sides must ensure that civilians are protected.

The coalition has announced that it will investigate the August 9 bus attack that drew strong international condemnation, but rights groups insist that any probe should be impartial.

The rebel-run Saba news agency said the air strike on Thursday hit a bus and a home, but the UAE, a key partner in the coalition, blamed the Huthi rebels for the attack.

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