The Pentagon doesn’t know if US-made bombs killed kids in Yemen


A Yemeni child is transported to a hospital after being wounded in a reported airstrike on the Iran-backed Houthi rebels' stronghold province of Sa'ada on August 9, 2018.

“We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them,” a Pentagon spokesperson said.

The Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen just carried out a horrific attack that killed dozens of people, including at least 29 children.

It’s entirely possible that the United States played a role in the Thursday bombing, but the US military doesn’t have any idea if that’s the case.

“We may never know if the munition [used] was one that the US sold to them,” Army Maj. Josh Jacques, a spokesperson for US Central Command, told me. “We don’t have a lot of people on the ground.” The military could conduct an investigation to find out if that’s the case, but it’s unclear if that probe would ever happen or how long it would take.

It’s also unclear if the US was involved in refueling planes for the attack, Jacques said, because the military doesn’t track where the coalition planes go. Another Pentagon spokesperson said that “US Central Command was not involved in the airstrike in Sa’ada.”

Here’s what happened: The Saudi-led coalition, which includes countries like the United Arab Emirates, bombed a school bus traveling through a busy market area in northern Yemen on Thursday. The bus was reportedly full of students on a recreational trip.

Estimates of the damage vary, but the International Committee of the Red Cross tweeted that its hospital in Sa’ada has received the bodies of 29 children under the age of 15. They’re treating 50 other people who were injured in the attack, including 30 children.

Children among the dead in attack on Yemen market: https://t.co/m75nOt3oBr pic.twitter.com/2ETgbXn49a

— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 9, 2018

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