10 children killed in Yemen school attack

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A classroom in Sa'ada, Yemen, was badly damaged in the recent conflict in April 2016. Photo: UNICEF/UN026956/Madhok

The killing of 10 children in an airstrike on a school in northern Yemen has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Many more were injured in the attack which took place in Sa'ada province over the weekend.

Yemeni Government forces, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, have been battling rebels for control of the country.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

In a statement released late on Sunday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a swift investigation of this "tragic event".

Earlier, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), also issued a statement on the killing of children in a religious school in Hayden that also injured 21 others.

With violence across the country intensifying over the past week, the number of children killed and injured by airstrikes, street fighting and landmines has grown sharply, the agency said.

Ban Ki-moon expressed dismay that civilians, including children, continue to bear the brunt of fighting and military operations in Yemen.

He urged all the parties to take all necessary measures to prevent further violations of international humanitarian law and human rights.

Mr Ban also called on them to do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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