Yemen: Dozens of children killed, wounded in school bus attack | News | Al Jazeera

Yemen: Dozens of children killed, wounded in school bus attack | News | Al Jazeera

The Saudi-UAE military alliance at war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels has been blamed for an air attack on a school bus that killed dozens of people, including at least 29 children .
The vehicle came under attack as it was driving near a crowded market in the Houthi-controlled province of Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia, the In ternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.
The ICRC said on its Twitter account that its medical team at the ICRC-supported hospital in Saada had received the bodies of 29 children, all under 15 years old. The hospital also received 48 wounded people, among them 30 children.
In a separate Twitter post , Johannes Bruwer, the head of an ICRC delegation in Yemen, said that “a ccording to local officials a total of 50 people died and 77 were injured this morning.
“Of these, the ICRC hospital in Al Talh received 30 dead and 48 injured, of which the vast majority were children.”
According to multiple sources, the attack took place early on Thursday outside a busy market in Dahyan city.
Al Masirah, a pro-Houthi rebel TV network, said the bus, which was carrying a group of students attending summer classes learning the Holy Quran, was targeted.
Al Jazeera could not independently verify the reports.
‘Body parts were scattered’ The network posted several videos on Twitter showing the aftermath of the attack, including one with several dead children, and another of blood pouring from the heads of three child survivors.
The Saudi-UAE alliance later issued a statement to the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya network saying it launched the attacks on Saada, but that it had targeted “missile launchers” .
“[The air strikes] conformed to international and humanitarian laws,” a statement quoting coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said.
However, Nasser Arrabyee, a Yemeni journalist based in the capital Sanaa, said there were no Houthi fighters in the vicinity of the market where the attack took place.
WATCH: ‘It was a massacre’: Dozens killed in Saudi air raids on Hodeidah (2:19) “The place is known to be a market, [and] there is no military installation nearby … but the Saudis are known to have done this many times – target schools, weddings and so on.”
He added that health centres in the war-ravaged province would struggle with the number of wounded, and the death toll was likely to rise.
“It’s difficult to treat such a big number of injured in Sanaa, let alone in Saada, which is very remote and primitive.
“This makes the situation worse, with many of the wounded likely to die because there is no treatment, no medicine”.
Arrabyee added, “even first responders, were killed”, with their “body parts scattered.”
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow, reporting from neighbouring Djibouti, said this latest attack was going to enrage Yemenis who are already aggrieved over the rising civilian death toll.
“The Saudis tend to deny these kinds of actions, which have sadly become all too common,” he said. “It’s all too rare for either party [the alliance or the Houthis] to take responsibility”.
The United Nations agency for children UNICEF condemned the attack.
“NO Excuses anymore!” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa. “Does the world really need more innocent children’s lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?”
NO Excuses anymore! #ChildrenUnderAttack @UNICEF_Yemen pic.twitter.com/5OypiAzKv8
— UNICEF MENA (@UNICEFmena) August 9, 2018 ‘Needs to stop’ Later on Thursday, sounds of blasts from air raids that hit Sanaa reverberated across its southern and western neighbourhoods. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties in those attacks.
Jolien Veldwijk, the acting director of Care International, told Al Jazeera that at least “five very intense air strikes” targeted densely populated areas of the capital.
“Planes are still circulating in the sky and we expect more strikes,” she said.
Veldwijk added that if attacks on civilian areas continue, aid agencies would not be able to continue with their work.
“This needs to stop, there’s no way we can continue with our work with all these air strikes,” she added.
THE LISTENING POST: What US and UK media won’t tell you about the war in Yemen (9:46) With logistical support from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) have carried out attacks in Yemen since March 2015. The war effort is an attempt to reinstate the internationally recognised government of President Abu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi .
In 2014, Hadi and his forces were overrun by the Houthi rebels who took over much of the country, including Sanaa.
Earlier this month, dozens of people – including women and children – were killed in Yemen’s Red Sea port city of Hodeidah in air raids carried out by the Saudi-UAE alliance.
According to the UN, at least 10,000 people have been killed in the three-year war – a death toll that has not been updated in years and is certain to be far higher.
In June, Saudi and UAE forces carried out 258 air raids on Yemen , nearly one-third of which targeted non-military sites.
The Yemen Data Project listed 24 air raids on residential areas, three on water and electricity sites, three hitting healthcare facilities, and one targeting an IDP camp.
Impoverished Yemen, on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is now in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22.2 million people in need of assistance.
The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has been pushing the warring parties to restart peace talks. He recently announced plans to invite Yemen’s combatants to Geneva on September 6 to hold the first round of negotiations.
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Man charged with walking pig in Norwich without a lead – BBC News

Man charged with walking pig in Norwich without a lead 9 August 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Norfolk Police Image caption The pig was taken away by the RSPCA and the man was taken away by the police A man has been charged with walking a pig along a busy city street in Norwich – without a lead.
Norfolk Police were called to Prince of Wales Road on Wednesday and found the untethered pig “running around” with a dog, which bit one of the officers.
The man was arrested and later charged with highways and public order offences, and having a dangerously out-of-control dog.
The pig was taken away by the RSPCA and the man will appear in court later.
Officers were called to reports of a man being abusive to members of the public at about 10:10 BST on Wednesday.
He was charged under Section 155 of the Highways Act 1980 with “having a pig untethered and loose on a public highway”, a police spokeswoman confirmed.
An officer who took a photograph of the pig said he was “lost for words”. Image copyright N Chadwick/Geograph Image caption The busy Prince of Wales Road links the city with the railway station and is not where you would expect to find a pig Related Topics

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City of Victoria to remove John A. Macdonald statue from front steps of city hall News

The City of Victoria is planning to remove the statue of John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, from the front steps of city hall because of what it says is his role as “a leader of violence against Indigenous peoples.”
Council will be asked Thursday to endorse the decision of the City Family, a group created by the municipality last year to address issues of reconciliation, to have the statue removed on Aug. 11.
Changing names, changing perception: Victoria faces duality of colonial history, pushes for reconciliation “It’s been a year of discussion and deliberation, and we realized it’s going to be many years of reconciliation,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.
“One of the things we heard very clearly from the Indigenous family members is that coming to city hall to do this work, and walking past John A. Macdonald every time, feels contradictory.
The ‘trial’ of Sir John A. Macdonald: Would he be guilty of war crimes today? “And if the city is serious about reconciliation, which I would say we are, then one important thing we do is temporarily remove the [statue] from the front steps of city hall.”
Katie Hooper, executive director of the Esquimalt Nation, applauded the decision in a letter to the mayor.
“Removing this statue is an important step in the city’s reconciliation journey, and is a symbol of progress towards and end to discrimination and oppression,” Hooper wrote.
‘There are no timelines, there are no agendas’ A plaque will replace the statue, saying: “We will keep the public informed as the Witness Reconciliation Program unfolds, and as we find a way to recontextualize Macdonald in an appropriate way.”
Helps said there is no timeline for when that might happen.
Buildings renamed, monuments fall in recognition of oppression of Indigenous people “There are no timelines, there are no agendas, there are no deliverables. The process of reconciliation is a process of relationship-building, truth-telling, trust-building. The discussions and the dinners will continue, and we’ll see what comes of it,” she said.
“We’re in an era of reconciliation, and no one’s erasing anything, but we have to understand the complexity of history, and that’s what this process is about.”
Sir John A. Macdonald is shown in an undated photo. (National Archives of Canada/CP) The city began exploring the change last year, at the same time as many in Ontario debated whether to remove Macdonald’s name from schools . While prime minister, Macdonald’s government oversaw the Indian Act in its formative years and established the system of residential schools .
Macdonald served as MP for Victoria from 1878 to 1882.
‘It’s happened so suddenly’ The idea of removing the statue within the week does not have the unanimous support of council. Coun. Geoff Young said that while he believes it’s important to respect the feelings of those who say they’re hurt by the presence of the monument, the issue deserves more discussion.
“The fact is, all our historic leaders will have expressed opinions that today we found distasteful. Among those leaders I include the city councils of today. Have we endorsed policies that the future may find distasteful?” Young said.
Nonetheless, he expects council to endorse the statue’s removal.
UVic to rename Trutch building because of colonial politician’s racist legacy Meanwhile, John Lutz, chair of the University of Victoria’s history department, said the statue should be displayed someplace where people can learn the full history of Macdonald. He’d like to see a new sign plate, with a more complete story.
“The story that John A. Macdonald tells is multiple stories,” Lutz said. “There’s a story about the founder of Canada, who could be celebrated, there’s a story about the Member of Parliament from Victoria, who should be remembered, and then there’s the story about the man who helped formulate the Indian Act and was part of the colonial process in Canada that we have to remember and not celebrate.”
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Dole baby spinach product recalled due to Listeria risk | CBC News

Dole Fresh Vegetables has recalled a baby spinach product due to concerns about Listeria contamination.
The company recalled its Baby Spinach with Tender Reds on Wednesday after Canadian Food Inspection Agency tests found possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The spinach was sold in a package of 142 grams and has an expiry date of Aug. 4. The UPC code is 0 71430 06069 8 and the time code starts with W202011.
Dole has pulled the recalled spinach from store shelves in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island.
If you have the recalled product, throw it out or return it to the store where you bought it.
Investigation underway The food safety agency is now conducting an investigation, which could lead to further recalls.
The CFIA said there have been no reported illnesses connected to the product. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.
Food that’s contaminated with Listeria may not look or smell spoiled, the agency said.
Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are at a higher risk.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of the product. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices Report Typo or Error

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Police use Taser on 11-year-old girl accused of stealing from supermarket – news+ – att.net

Police use Taser on 11-year-old girl accused of stealing from supermarket news+ 15 hours ago Cincinnati Enquirer — Sharon Coolidge
CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati police officer used a Taser to stun an 11-year-old girl allegedly stealing from a supermarket Monday, according to police.
An off-duty officer working security at a Kroger in Spring Grove Village, a Cincinnati neighborhood, was investigating several young girls allegedly stealing from the store, police said. The officer approached the 11-year-old, she ignored the officer and continued to walk away, according to police. The officer struck the girl in the back with the Taser.
The girl was arrested on charges of theft and obstructing official business. She was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for evaluation and released to a parent’s custody.
Police Chief Eliot Isaac has opened an investigation, acting City Manager Patrick Duhaney said.
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“There needs to be a complete investigation,” said Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, chairman of the council’s Law and Public Safety Committee. “It’s hard to understand why an 11-year-old would be Tased. I expect answers in 24 hours.”
The officer, whose name was not released, has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
“We are extremely concerned when force is used by one of our officers on a child of this age,” said Isaac. “As a result, we will be taking a very thorough review of our policies as it relates to using force on juveniles as well as the propriety of the officer’s actions.”
The police department’s Taser policy says Tasers are “for self-defense or to temporarily immobilize a subject who is actively resisting arrest.”
Tasers generate electricity in a small, hand-held, battery operated unit about the size of a handgun. When properly used, a Taser generates an electrical current that dominates a person’s neuromuscular and sensory nervous system. People become physically incapacitated and unable to control muscle movement, allowing officers to gain control.
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Cincinnati’s policy adds, “Officers should avoid using the Taser on obviously pregnant females and those individuals under the age of 7 or over the age of 70 due to the potential for these individuals to fall when incapacitated by a taser, unless the encounter rises to the level of a deadly force situation.”
The girl will appear in Hamilton County (Ohio) Juvenile Court. A court date is not immediately available.
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