Iran decries fatal Saudi air raid on Yemeni student bus, urges pressure on invaders
In a statement on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, expressed sympathy with the families of those killed and injured in the latest Saudi airstrike, which hit the bus at a market in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada earlier in the day.
Yemen's al-Masirah television network said those on the bus were a group of young students attending summer classes of the Holy Qur'an.
The Yemeni Health Ministry said at least 50 civilians, mostly children, lost their lives and around 77 others were wounded in the attack, which Qassemi described as a "war crime."
The Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen remained brazenly defiant on its new crime, calling the massacre a "legitimate action." It claimed the airstrikes were aimed at missile launchers used by Yemeni armed forces.
The Iranian official further called on the United Nations, human rights groups and other influential players to double their efforts and help bring a swift halt to such acts of aggression.
Qassemi added that the hike in the "bombardments of residential areas and non-military targets was indicative of coalition forces' consecutive defeats on the battlefield" against Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters and allied forces -- who have been defending the nation against the Riyadh-led campaign of aggression since its onset in 2015.
The Iranian official further blasted certain states for failing to end their military support for the Saudi regime and its vassal states despite the bloodletting in the poorest Arabian Peninsula state.
The countries providing the Saudi regime and its allies with military equipment "are complicit in their crimes and should be answerable."