Publishe Date: 10:41 AM - 10/28/2015 | Print

UN chief condemns Saudi airstrike to hospital in Yemen

Politics - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the airstrikes by the Saudi-led Coalition that hit the Hayadeen Medical Hospital in Sa'dah, Yemen.

The hospital was run by Médecins Sans Frontières with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The strikes reportedly resulted in injuries to several people and the complete destruction of the facility.

The Secretary-General notes that hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law. He further reminds all parties of the utmost necessity to respect their obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law to prevent attacks against civilians and civilian objects. The Secretary-General calls for a prompt, effective and impartial investigation in order to ensure accountability.

The Secretary-General calls on all parties to the conflict in Yemen to immediately cease all operations, including airstrikes.

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