UN chief condemns deadly air strikes on civilians in Yemen

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  File Photo: UN/Video capture

Air strikes which killed scores of people in Yemen on Monday have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon said any intentional attacks against civilians are considered a serious violation of international humanitarian law.

More than a year of fighting between government forces and rebels has killed upwards of 2,000 people in Yemen, according to UN estimates.

Conflict escalated in March with the launch of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition.

Dianne Penn reports.

The Secretary-General condemned the air strikes which reportedly struck a wedding party in a village near the Red Sea.

As many as 135 people were reportedly killed.

In a statement, Mr Ban repeated his call on all sides to the conflict in Yemen, both inside and outside the country, to cease all military activities and resolve their differences through peaceful negotiations.

There is no military solution to the conflict, he said.

Mr Ban added that any intentional attack against civilians is considered a "serious violation" of international humanitarian law and should be investigated by an impartial body to ensure accountability.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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