Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Corporate gatekeepers and big tech monopolists are making it more difficult than ever for independent media to survive. Please chip in today.

Rubble of a house destroyed in recent airstrikes carried out by warplanes of the Saudi-led coalition in Sanaa, Yemen. (Photo: Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images)

'Another Horrific Attack': US-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen School, Killing Mostly Children

"President Trump, I urge you to sign the resolution Congress passed last week ending U.S. support for this conflict. Yemen needs humanitarian aid, not more bombs," tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders

Jake Johnson

With a War Powers resolution that would end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia's assault on Yemen currently on President Donald Trump's desk, the Saudi-led coalition on Sunday reportedly bombed a residential area in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, killing at least 11 and injuring dozens more.

According to local medical officials, most of those killed were young children after Saudi airstrikes hit a Yemeni school.

"Everyone was hysterical, some were crying and shouting in panic," Fatehiya Kahlani, principal of Al Raei school, told Al Jazeera. "The situation was horrible as the school population is 2,100. Some girl students were killed and others were wounded and are in a hospital as a result of the missile strike. The school building was destroyed too."

As Al Jazeera reported:

Youssef al-Hadrii, a spokesman for the rebel-controlled health ministry, was quoted by DPA news agency as saying that the attack on Sunday left more than 39 people wounded.

He said most of the victims were students killed in the bombing of houses and a school.

The Saudi-led coalition denied bombing the area.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who helped lead the Senate effort to end U.S. complicity in Saudi Arabia's atrocities in Yemen, once again called on Trump to sign the Yemen Wars Powers resolution.

"Another horrific attack in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. More children dead," tweeted Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate. "President Trump, I urge you to sign the resolution Congress passed last week ending U.S. support for this conflict. Yemen needs humanitarian aid, not more bombs."

Reacting to the latest Saudi-led attack on Yemen—which comes around two weeks after the coalition bombed a Yemeni hospital—Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) demanded to know whether the Trump administration provided the Saudis with "targeting or other assistance... for this airstrike that killed girl students."

"Why is the Trump administration still supporting the Saudi-led coalition, which has committed multiple war crimes?" Lieu asked.

Reports of the Saudi-led coalition's continued bombing of Yemen come days after the U.S. House voted to send the Yemen War Powers resolution to Trump's desk.

If the president signs the measure, it would end U.S. military assistance to the Saudis in its years-long war on Yemen, which has created the world's worst humanitarian disaster.

While Trump is expected to veto the measure, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the president last week requesting a meeting on the resolution and urging him to sign it.

"We believe that by signing this historic legislation to terminate an unconstitutional war that predates your presidency, you will set a new precedent for cooperation with both chambers of Congress to overcome such entrenched opposition to foreign-policy restraint," reads the letter, which was signed by Sanders, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and other lawmakers.


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Scientists to BlackRock Vice Chairman: New Fossil Fuel Development 'Incompatible' With 1.5°C

"The only responsible course of action is to do everything in our power to stop fossil fuel expansion and further emissions."

Jessica Corbett ·


Goldman Prize Awarded to Activists Who Showed Nature's 'Amazing Capability to Regenerate'

"While the many challenges before us can feel daunting, and at times make us lose faith, these seven leaders give us a reason for hope and remind us what can be accomplished in the face of adversity."

Julia Conley ·


Faith Leaders Call for Federal Election Monitors in Georgia to Protect Black Voters

"It is imperative that our election this November is monitored to preserve ballot integrity and ensure ballot security."

Brett Wilkins ·


'Inaction Is Bought': Here Are the Receipts on NRA's Purchase of GOP

"The issue is money in politics," said Nina Turner after the nation's latest mass killing of students and teachers. Right-wing lawmakers are "allowing children to die because of the gun lobby."

Kenny Stancil ·


'This Is on You!' Beto Interrupts Abbott Press Conference on Texas Massacre

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke accused Texas' GOP leaders of "doing nothing and offering us nothing" in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School.

Jake Johnson ·

Common Dreams Logo