New York

14 August 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Yemen

Spokesman of the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General condemns the attack, reported to have been an airstrike, on a school in the Sa''ada governorate of northern Yemen on 13 August. The attack killed at least 10 children and injured many more.&nbsp

The Secretary-General notes with dismay that civilians, including children, continue to bear the brunt of increased fighting and military operations in Yemen. He calls for a swift investigation of this tragic event and urges the parties to take all necessary measures to prevent further violations of international humanitarian lawand human rights&nbspand do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure. &nbsp

The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no military solution to the crisis in Yemen. &nbspHe calls upon the parties to renew -- without delay and in good faith -- their engagement with his Special Envoy for Yemen in pursuit of a negotiated solution.&nbsp