UN chief slams deadly attack on school in northern Yemen

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UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 15 (APP): UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon has condemned a deadly attack on a school in northern Yemen, which killed on Saturday at least 10 children and injured many more.

The deadly attack was “reported to have been an airstrike,” a statement issued here by the secretary general’s spokesman said.

“The secretary general notes with dismay that civilians, including children, continue to bear the brunt of increased fighting and military operations in Yemen,” the statement said.

“He calls for a swift investigation of this tragic event and urges the parties to take all necessary measures to prevent further violations of international humanitarian law and human rights and do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

The secretary general reiterated that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen. “He calls upon the parties to renew—without delay and in good faith—their engagement with his special envoy for Yemen in pursuit of a negotiated solution,” the statement said.

Twenty eight people were injured in a Saudi led airstrike on Saturday, after a school in the Houthi main stronghold province of Saada was hit, the humanitarian association Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said, adding that the children were between eight and 15 years old.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in support of exiled Yemeni government in 2015, but failed to bring it back to power.

The war and airstrikes in Yemen have since killed over 6,400 people, mostly civilians.