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Remembering the Dahyan School Bus Massacre in Yemen

Orla Guerin reports from Dahyan, the site of the Aug. 9 school bus massacre that killed more than 50 people, including over 40 young boys:

The massacre was just a little over two months ago. At the time, it was one of the few stories of Saudi coalition atrocities that had captured the attention of the wider world, but that quickly faded. The coalition conducted one of their sham “investigations” and outrageously never apologized for killing the children on the bus. Instead, the coalition maintained that the bus had been a “legitimate” target all along, but they said it should not have been targeted in the market. They went so far as to say that there were no children on the bus. Contrary to Saudi coalition lies, the boys were out on a field trip and had nothing to do with the war. Their bus is one of the dozens of civilian vehicles that the coalition has attacked this year alone. There is no possible justification for targeting a bus filled with children at any time.

The school bus massacre is just one of thousands of war crimes that the Saudi coalition has committed against Yemeni civilians, but it stands out as one of the cruelest and most senseless of all of them. These were the boys murdered for no reason:

While the rest of the world has moved on from the massacre, their families are of course still mourning their terrible loss:

The schoolmates and friends killed on the bus are buried alongside one another:

Some of the victims’ bodies were damaged so much that their remains still cannot be identified:

The survivors of the attack have been deeply traumatized by the experience:

A U.S.-made weapon killed these children, and it was a U.S.-backed Saudi coalition pilot who targeted them. Our government continues to arm and refuel the planes that regularly carry out attacks on civilian targets in Yemen, and that support makes attacks like this one possible. If the U.S. pulled the plug on military assistance to the coalition, it would be practically impossible for them to continue their bombing campaign, and that could give Yemen a chance at the peace that has been denied to Yemenis for years. Congress must halt all U.S. support for the war on Yemen as quickly as possible before there are any more Dahyans.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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