U.N. chief urges independent investigation of Yemen attacks
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.”