UN chief alarmed by escalation of airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has expressed alarm over the escalation of airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border.

Civilians, including children, are paying the heaviest price in the ongoing fighting, warns Ban Ki-moon.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

All parties to the conflict in Yemen are being reminded of the necessity to protect civilians and to respect their obligations under international law.

Civilian infrastructures such as schools and hospitals continue to be hit by air raids.

In this connection, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the reported attack from the direction of Yemen that hit a workshop, killing at least 7 people in Najaran city in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Another airstrike hit a home in Nehm, east of Sana'a, in Yemen, killing at least nine civilians.

Mr Ban repeated his call for an immediate ceasefire and for the Yemeni parties to return to direct talks facilitated by his Special Envoy for Yemen.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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