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United Nations Condemn Airstrikes Killing Scores Of Children In Yemen

Unic Press UK: The United Nations has strongly condemned the Coalition forces in Sa’ada over the killing of innocent children in a busy market area in Majz District, a district of the Sa’dah Governorate, Yemen.

In a statement Thursday, which was issued on behalf of the United Nations Secretary General, the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said:

“The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the fundamental rules of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack. The Secretary-General emphasizes that all parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects in the conduct of military operations. He calls for an independent and prompt investigation into this incident. The Secretary-General urgently renews his call for a negotiated political settlement through inclusive intra-Yemeni dialogue as the only way to end the conflict. He urges all parties to de-escalate and to engage constructively in the political process, including consultations scheduled in Geneva in September.”

Reacting to the killings, the UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore issued a statement ‘Unconscionable attack on children should be turning point in Yemen’s brutal war – enough is enough’, saying:

“It’s hard to believe we live in a world where children should live in fear of such attacks, yet here we are. This doesn’t have to be their reality though. Parties to the conflict and those who have influence over them, including Security Council members, can and should choose to end this catastrophe for the sake of Yemen’s children.” 

 

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