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Oxfam condemns Yemeni school bus attack that killed dozens of children

By Oxfam

In response to yesterday's airstrike in Sa'ada, Yemen, Oxfam America’s Humanitarian Policy Lead Scott Paul, said: 

“Yesterday’s attack in northern Yemen, which killed dozens of innocent children on a school bus, is the latest manifestation of the US government’s heartless and nonsensical approach to Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

It’s time for the US to stop signing blank checks for the Saudi- and Emirati-led coalition in Yemen. The coalition is no more willing or able to spare civilians from their attacks than they were three years ago. All sides are enjoying impunity for their daily abuses. By continuing to support the coalition’s military operations, the US has fueled the world’s largest humanitarian emergency, with innocent civilians – and yesterday, dozens of children – paying the ultimate price. How many more children will die before the US finally stops fueling this senseless war? 

Millions of Yemenis are facing the prospect of famine and disease outbreak if the conflict continues. The US must immediately end support for the coalition and push the UN Security Council to call for a ceasefire and demand that all sides work with the Special Envoy toward a political settlement.”

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