Jim Carrey: Killing of Yemeni children US ‘crime’

IRNA – The Canadian-American prominent comedian Jim Carrey described the latest strike against Yemeni children by the Saudi-led coalition as a ‘crime’ committed by the US.

’40 innocent children killed on a bus in Yemen. Our ally. Our missile. Our crime,’ Carrey wrote on his Twitter page on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen military intervention targeted a school bus in Saada Province on August 9. Scores of children, aged between 6 to 11, were killed while they were on a field trip.

The airstrike prompted strong criticism from human rights activists and organizations across the world, with many countries, including Iran, condemning the killing.

CNN reported that the weapon used to kill the Yemeni children was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by the American Lockheed Martin.

Saudi Arabia had used a similar weapon to target a funeral ceremony in Yemen in 2016 that left 155 people killed and hundreds more wounded.

According to UNICEF, since the beginning of the intervention led by Saudi Arabia and its allies in Yemen in 2015, about 2,400 children have been killed and 3,600 maimed in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has been using the precision-guided weapons provided by Washington to strike the civilian targets in Yemen. Former US President Barack Obama banned the sale of the military technology to Saudi Arabia over ‘human rights concerns.’

The ban, however, was overturned by the Trump administration in 2017.

The criticism by the 56-year-old comedian, who has 17.8 million followers on Twitter, has received more than 95,000 likes and was retweeted by over 44,000 users.

Jim Carrey was one of the most-sought stars in the movie business in the 90s and 2000s. He was best known for comedic film roles in movies including ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ and ‘The Truman Show.’