US-made bombs were reportedly been used by the Saudi-led coalition in carrying out a deadly airstrike last week targeting Yemeni school bus in Sa’ada Province, killing at least 51 civilians, mostly children, a local journalist reports.
According to a report by RT, journalist Nasser Arrabyee tweeted photos on Saturday showing pieces of a Raytheon Mark 82 general-purpose free-fall bomb apparently recovered from the scene.
However, an Arab Coalition spokesperson, Legal Counsellor Mansour al-Mansour said on Sunday during a press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh, that the coalition had received intelligence information indicating the presence of Houthi military commanders in a house located in a remote isolated area.
The Arab Coalition's Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) in Yemen concluded that the targeting of the building was in accordance with the rules of humanitarian law, Saudi Gazette reported Sunday.
Al-Mansour added that the team also investigated the incident involving the “house in Lahij governorate”, which was targeted due to the presence of a gathering of armed members of the Houthi militias, and thus it is considered a legitimate military target, he said.
This is not the first time that Mark 82 pieces have been found at the site of Saudi-led air raids against civilian targets since the onset of the military campaign in early 2015.
The MK-82, a 500-pound (227kg) bomb produced by American company General Dynamics, also made headlines when it used by Saudi warplanes in a 2016 attack on a funeral in the capital Sana’a. That attack claimed over 140 lives and injured 525 others.
Washington is a major exporter of arms to Saudi Arabia, but the Pentagon claimed last week that it might be impossible to tell where the bomb used in Thursday’s attack came from.
Houthi rebel forces have announced that they have developed a new underground launcher system for short-range ballistic missiles. “This comes within the framework of developing the missile capabilities and raising their effectiveness in the field,” the Houthi forces were quoted as saying in a statement by Saba News Agency Tuesday
Yemeni forces on Wednesday evening fired another domestically-built ballistic missile at the Saudi base in the border region of Najran, for the second time this week, local media reports. Yemens Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported, citing a military source, that the al-Sadis military base had been targeted with a short-range Zelzal-2 (Earthquake-2) missile, in retaliation for the Saudi-led military strikes against their country
Yemeni forces on Sunday fired seven ballistic missiles, including the newly launched short-range ballistic missile ‘Badr, at the Saudi-led coalition, the Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported. The missile unit of the Yemeni army also fired two other homegrown missiles ‘Borkan H2 and ‘Qaher M2 on Sunday night at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Abha International Airport in Asir, and a local airport in Jizan region as well as some other areas in southern Saudi Arabia, it said
Saudi Arabia has put up contact numbers to report on the list of 40 names of leaders and elements responsible for supporting terrorist activities in the Houthi group. Saudi Arabia considers these people as primarily responsible for planning, implementing and supporting various terrorist activities in the Houthi group and requests information from inside and outside Yemen, Saudi Arabia press reported Tuesday
Yemens Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile into a military site in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The Houthi-run Saba news agency, citing a military source, said the Qaher-M2 missile was fired at a Saudi command center in Jizan region near Yemeni border
Yemeni air defenses have destroyed a US-made MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to Saudi Arabia on Thursday afternoon, in al-Jabaliyah, located in the country's west coast. "The drone we downed was an American-made MQ-9 Reaper," source in the Air Defense unit told the al-Masirah news network
Houthi Ansarullah fighters launched drone attacks against the King Khalid airbase in Saudi Arabia's Asir region last night in retaliation for Riyadhs bombing of a rebel airbase near Yemeni capital Sanaa airport a day ago. Iranian and Yemeni media reported that a Yemeni Qasif-1 (Striker-1) combat drone had hit the King Khalid airbase without giving details of damage or casualties
Germany announced a freeze in arms sales approvals to Saudi Arabia and urged its fellow European Union members to do the same over Riyadhs admittance that its security team killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier told ZDF television that the German government would not approve any new arms sales to Saudi Arabia and would urge other EU member states to follow this example
Yemeni fighters backed by the Saudi armed forces were spotted using a South Korean third generation medium-range anti-tank guided missile (MR-ATGM), ‘Raybolt in a video posted on the internet. The Saudi Army has acknowledged that the video showed that the anti-tank missile was used by the Saudi armed forces against a Houthi vehicle in Saada,
The Spanish government announced Monday that it is canceling a deal with Saudi Arabia to supply 400 precision bombs and return 9.2 million Euros paid by Riyadh amidst apprehensions that the bombs could be used to target civilians in the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen
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