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UN chief demands 'impartial' probe into Yemen attack that killed 140

AFP
Published Oct 9, 2016, 4:01 pm IST
Updated Oct 9, 2016, 4:02 pm IST
Saudi-led coalition, which was blamed for the strikes, has promised to investigate the incident it described as 'regrettable and painful.'
Yemeni rescue workers carry a body on a stretcher at the site of reported air strikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes in Sanaa on October 8. (Photo: AFP)
 Yemeni rescue workers carry a body on a stretcher at the site of reported air strikes by Saudi-led coalition air-planes in Sanaa on October 8. (Photo: AFP)

Geneva: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for a swift and independent probe into the air raid that killed more than 140 people at a funeral in Yemen, demanding the perpetrators face justice.

"The Secretary-General condemns the attack on an event hall," said a statement from Ban's office. "Any deliberate attack against civilians is utterly unacceptable."

 

The Saudi-led coalition, which is fighting rebels in Yemen and has been blamed for the Saturday strikes, has promised to investigate the incident it described as "regrettable and painful".

Ban said the probe must be "prompt and impartial."

"Those responsible for the attack must be brought to justice," he added.

Ban's statement said that the attack was "said to have been airstrikes by the coalition", but the UN leader did not directly assign blame.

The attack, one of the deadliest since the coalition launched a military campaign against Yemen-backed Huthi rebels in March last year, also wounded more than 525 people, according to the UN.

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