UN Chief renews call for end to Yemen hostilities
Ban urged ‘all parties to the conflict to immediately cease all hostilities and for the Yemeni parties to return to direct talks’
United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon repeated his call Wednesday for all sides in the conflict in Yemen to “immediately cease all hostilities,” following a devastating series of raids resulting in numerous civilian deaths and injuries.
In a statement Ban urged “all parties to the conflict to immediately cease all hostilities and for the Yemeni parties to return to direct talks facilitated by his special envoy for Yemen.”
He reminded all parties “of the utmost necessity to protect civilians and to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.”
He denounced attacks, which appeared to come from Yemen, which have killed at least seven civilians when a workshop was hit Tuesday in Najran, Saudi Arabia.
That blow caused Saudi Arabia’s worst civilian death toll in the kingdom’s south since the Arab coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015.
Ban expressed alarm at “the escalation of airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen and along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border” since the suspension in early August of UN-brokered peace talks in Kuwait.