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Yemen: Ban urges all sides to commit to ceasefire and resume UN-brokered talks to end fighting

18 January 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government and all parties in Yemen as well as States in the region to commit to a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire to enable the rapid resumption of already delayed peace talks which the United Nations is facilitating.


Ban welcomes release of two Saudi citizens held in Yemen

15 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of two citizens of Saudi Arabia who had been held in Yemen since March 2015, greatly relieved that they were released in apparent good health.”


Yemen’s war-weary children face ‘new year of pain and suffering’ – UNICEF official

12 January 2016 – The ongoing deadly violence in Yemen has left nearly 10 million children facing threats of malnutrition and disease, lack of education, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative to the country warned today, calling for unhindered humanitarian access to all those in need and an end to the conflict.


UN chief condemns attack on Yemeni hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières

11 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday’s attack on a hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sa’ada province, Yemen, which killed at least four people and injured many others.


UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ about intensification of airstrikes and ground fighting in Yemen

08 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is “deeply concerned” about the intensification of Saudi-led coalition airstrikes and ground fighting and shelling in Yemen, despite repeated calls for a renewed cessation of hostilities.


Yemen: UN rights chief urges government to reverse decision to expel envoy from country

08 January 2016 – The United Nations human rights chief today urged the Government of Yemen to reverse its decision to declare his Representative in the strife-torn country persona non grata [unwelcomed person], saying that it was “unwarranted, counter-productive and damaging to the reputation of the Government and its coalition partners.”


Yemen: Ban condemns expulsion of UN rights official; ‘extremely concerned’ for staff

07 January 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the Government of Yemen’s decision to expel the United Nations Human Rights representative in the war-torn country, voicing “extreme concern” for the safety of the remaining national and international staff.


Yemen: civilian casualties top 8,100 as airstrikes and shelling continue, UN reports

05 January 2016 – Civilians are suffering a “terrible toll” in the fighting tearing Yemen apart, with casualties now topping 8,100, nearly 2,800 of them killed, amid Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, shelling by Houthi groups and other clashes, the United Nations reported today.


UN chief calls on Iran, Saudi Arabia to avoid further exacerbating tensions after executions

04 January 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has phoned the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran to urge both countries to avoid actions that could further exacerbate tensions after the recent Saudi executions, the attack on the Saudi embassy in Iran, and the rupture in diplomatic ties.


Yemen: UN agency appeals to all sides to allow food in for hundreds of thousands under siege

31 December 2015 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed to all parties to the conflict in Yemen to allow food in for hundreds of thousands of hungry people under siege in the central city of Taiz, who have been deprived of supplies for many weeks.