April 23, 2018 / 5:58 PM / a month ago

U.N. secretary general condemns deadly air strikes in Yemen

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemned on Monday air strikes on a wedding party in Yemen that killed at least 50 civilians, his spokesman said. 

FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the emergency United Nations Security Council meeting on Syria at the U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., April 14, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Air strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition killed at least 20 people attending a wedding in a village in northwestern Yemen late on Sunday, residents and medical sources said.

“The Secretary-General reminds all parties of their obligations under international humanitarian law concerning the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure during armed conflicts. He calls for a prompt, effective and transparent investigation,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. 

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Doina Chiacu and James Dalgleish

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