The bomb that struck a school bus passing by a market and killed 51 people including 40 children earlier this month on Aug. 9, was made and supplied to the Saudi-led coalition by the United States, a report by a U.S. media outlet found.
A spokesperson for the coalition said that the attack targeted Houthi rebels, allegedly in accordance with the humanitarian international law. The attack hit a market, and the school bus passing by it, killing over 50 people and injuring hundreds.
"Working with local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, CNN has established that the weapon that left dozens of children dead on August 9 was a 500-pound (227 kilograms) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors," reported the news network CNN Friday.
This bomb has similar characteristics to the one that killed over 150 people in an attack by the Saudi-led coalition that hit a funeral in 2016. This attack saw former U.S. President Barack Obama banning the sale of precision-guided weapons to Saudi Arabia in 2016. However, the Trump administration overruled the ban last year shortly after coming to power.
The United Nations Security Council has called for a credible investigation into the Saudi-led airstrike that killed at least 40 children in Yemen, after hitting a school bus. This is not the first time that the West-backed coalition has hit civilian targets, as it has attacked markets, hospitals, weddings, and funerals.