Yemen's Shiite rebels welcome UN call for Saudi strike probe

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels are backing a U.N. call for a probe into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country's north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children.

Friday's tweet by senior Yemeni rebel leader Mohammed Ali al-Houthi says the rebels — known as Houthis — welcome the call and are willing to cooperate in an investigation of the airstrike in Saada province that hit a bus carrying civilians, including children, in a busy market.

In a statement after the attack on Thursday, U.N. chief António Guterres urged Yemen's warring parties to take "constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects in the conduct of military operations."

Guterres also called for an "independent and prompt investigation."

The rebels say the airstrike killed over 50 and wounded 77.