U.N. chief urges in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Ye­men at­tacks

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UNITED NA­TIONS — Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki­moon on Mon­day urged the U.N. Hu­man Rights Coun­cil to im­me­di­ately estab­lish an in­de­pen­dent body to in­ves­ti­gate rights abuses and other vi­o­la­tions in Ye­men, es­pe­cially af­ter last week­end’s “hor­ren­dous at­tack” on a fu­neral hall re­port­edly by the Saudi-led coali­tion.

The U.N. chief told re­porters that Satur­day’s airstrikes in Ye­men’s cap­i­tal Saana, which killed over 140 peo­ple and in­jured more than 525 oth­ers, were the lat­est dis­as­ters in the con­flict, which has left over 20 mil­lion peo­ple — “an as­tound­ing 80 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion” — in need of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

“Aerial at­tacks by the Saudi-led coali­tion have al­ready caused im­mense car­nage,” Ban said. “Bomb­ing peo­ple al­ready mourn­ing the loss of loved ones is rep­re­hen­si­ble.”

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