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    UN Chief Seeks Probe of Airstrike on Yemen School That Killed Ten Children

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    Greater protection for children is needed in Yemen, as well as an investigation of a Saudi airstrike that killed at least ten students on Saturday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a statement.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Ban also noted that there is no military solution to the civil war in Yemen, and urged all sides to seek a negotiated end to the conflict.

    "The secretary-general notes with dismay that civilians, including children, continue to bear the brunt of increased fighting and military operations in Yemen," the statement said on Monday. "He [Ban] calls for a swift investigation of this tragic event."

    Since 2014, Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government and Houthi rebels. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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