UN envoy urges accountability for Yemen attacks

UN chief urges independent investigation of Yemen attacks

UN envoy urges accountability for Yemen attacks

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN peace envoy to Yemen on Monday urged swift action to ensure the perpetrators of air strikes on a funeral ceremony in Sanaa that killed more than 140 people are held accountable.

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

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

"We need to have the results of the investigation under way very quickly," he said.

The Iran-backed Huthi rebels have blamed the coalition for Saturday's attack, one of the deadliest since the alliance launched a military campaign against the Shiite insurgents in March 2015.

After initially denying any responsibility, the coalition said Sunday it was ready to launch a probe into the "regrettable and painful" strike, as it emerged that Saudi-US ties could be soured by the attack.

"We have all been saddened by the fact these attacks took place amid significant progress in the long peace negotiations, and at a time when we were negotiating a durable accord," the peace envoy said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged an independent probe into the raids.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ekim 2016, 22:03
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