UN calls for ac­count­abil­ity over Ye­men fu­neral at­tack

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE United Na­tions called for swift ac­tion to bring to jus­tice the per­pe­tra­tors of air strikes on a fu­neral cer­e­mony in the Ye­meni cap­i­tal that killed more than 140 peo­ple.

The strikes on Oc­to­ber 8 were blamed by the Shi­ite Huthi rebels who con­trol Sanaa on a Saudi-led coali­tion which has bat­tled them since March 2015.

“We must do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure the au­thors of these heinous at­tacks face jus­tice,” UN en­voy Is­mail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in Paris after talks with French For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Marc Ayrault.

The en­voy said the Saudi-led coali­tion must pub­lish the re­sults of its probe into the strikes, which also in­jured more than 525 peo­ple.

UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon said the air strikes on a fu­neral cer­e­mony was a “heart­less at­tack on civil­ians and an out­ra­geous vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law”.

“There must be ac­count­abil­ity for the ap­palling con­duct of this en­tire war,” Mr Ban said.

The at­tack was among the dead­li­est since the Riyadh-led al­liance launched its aerial cam­paign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels last year.

The coali­tion, which ini­tially de­nied any in­volve­ment, said it would in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent, after the US said it was re­view­ing sup­port for the al­liance.

The Huthis swept into Sanaa in Septem­ber 2014 and ad­vanced across much of Ye­men, prompt­ing the coali­tion to in­ter­vene in sup­port of Pres­i­dent Abedrabbo Man­sour Hadi.

More than 6700 peo­ple – al­most two-thirds of them civil­ians – have been killed and at least 3 mil­lion dis­placed as the coali­tion launched mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Ye­men, ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions. –

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