Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) denounced American military aid to Saudi Arabia following reports of a devastating airstrike on a Yemeni school bus on Thursday. The paramedics present at sites reportedly said that they had found and treated 40 people with broken bones, cuts and bruises.
At least 20 people have been killed in an airstrike which hit a bus carrying children in northern Yemen.
It was not immediately clear whether the bus was the target of the air strike, but coalition spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said the attack was "a legitimate military action, conducted in conformity with global humanitarian law".
Abdul-Ghani Nayeb, head of a health department in Saada told Reuters that the death toll rose to 43, with 61 wounded.
"The civilian people are not our target, our strategic objective is to get back the legitimate government, which is recognized by the global community", he added.
Errant strikes have killed hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.
"US military support to our partners mitigates noncombatant casualties", said Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich, according to the statement.
"All the victims are civilians and there were no fighters among them". The airstrikes targeted Sabeen Square and two military camps. "The air strikes often target civilians in Saada, so we appeal the worldwide community to intervene to stop the Saudis killing them".
"Under global humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict", it added.
Most of those killed were children under the age of 15. who were on a school trip at the time.
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Injured children, bloodied, bandaged and screaming, lay on stretchers as doctors treated them, friends and relatives having carried some of them in their arms to be treated. It wasn't immediately clear how numerous casualties were on the bus and how many were pedestrians in the immediate area around it.
The Huthi rebels' Al-Masirah TV reported that 39 people had been killed and 51 wounded, "mostly children".
The coalition said the projectile, fired toward the southwestern Saudi city of Jizan, was intercepted and destroyed.
"I am watching with horror the images and videos coming from Saada in #Yemen and I have no words".
The strike was carried out by the Saudi Arabian-led coalition, which is backed in this war by the U.S.
She added that the United States is "certainly concerned" about the "reports", and "regrets any loss of civilian life".
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As many as 35 were also wounded in the attack, which took place in the Dahyan market in Saada province, a stronghold of the rebels known as Houthis, the elders said.
The Houthis have fired a number of ballistic missiles at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, and other cities.
It said the air strike was aimed at missile launchers used to attack the southern Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday, where a Yemeni civilian was killed.