UN SG condemns airstrikes on a wedding in Yemen

Berlin, Germany - November 04: Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees of UNHCR, attends a press conference in german foreign office on November 04, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Michael Gottschalk/Photothek via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, 24 April (TNS): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned airstrikes on a wedding in Yemen that killed dozens of people, including children, and called for an investigation.

Yemen’s Huthi rebels have blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the attack on the wedding in northern Hajjah province late Sunday.

Guterres “strongly condemns the airstrikes on a wedding party in Hajjah and on civilian vehicles in Taez, where at least 50 civilians, including children, were reportedly killed and scores of others injured,” said a UN statement.

The UN chief “reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law concerning the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure during armed conflicts.” He called for “a prompt, effective and transparent investigation” of the air strikes which were carried out as the United Nations is seeking to re-launch political talks to end the war in Yemen.

The war in Yemen has killed thousands of people and led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with 75 percent of the population in dire need of aid while one million Yemenis have been ill from cholera.