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    UN Secretary General Condemns Attack on Funeral in Yemen Blamed on Saudi Arabia

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    Ban Ki-moon condemned the air strike on the funeral ceremony held in the Yemeni city of Sana allegedly carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the air strike on the funeral ceremony held in the Yemeni city of Sana allegedly carried out by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, his Spokesman said in a statement.

    "The Secretary-General condemns the attack on an event hall in Sana’a where hundreds of people were gathered for a funeral ceremony. Initial reports indicate that the attack, said to have been airstrikes by the Coalition, killed over 140 people and injured hundreds of others… The Secretary-General notes that any deliberate attack against civilians is utterly unacceptable and calls for a prompt and impartial investigation of this incident. Those responsible for the attack must be brought to justice," the statement read.

    According to the UN estimates, the attack claimed over 140 lives and left more than 525 people wounded, while media reported on 213 deaths. The Saudi-led international coalition denied allegations of the Houthi rebels that it was involved in the incident.

    Yemen has been engulfed in a military conflict between the government headed by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Houthi rebels since 2014. The Houthis are backed by army units loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    Since March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the opposition Houthis at the request of Hadi.

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