UN chief calls for "prompt, impartial" probe into deadly airstrike on Yemeni market

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday called for "a prompt and impartial investigation" into the Saturday airstrike on a market in Yemen that killed at least 32 civilians.

In a statement issued here by his spokesman, Ban "strongly condemns the apparent airstrike" on Khaleq market in northeastern Sanaa, whose death toll was among the highest from a single bombing since September 2015.

The bombardment, reportedly carried out by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, also left at least 41 others injured. Other reports put the death toll around 45.

"The secretary-general is concerned about the continuing intense airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen despite his repeated calls for a cessation of hostilities," the statement said.
  [Xinhua]
  29/2/16
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