The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg has strongly condemned the shelling attack in Taiz governorate, calling on the warring parties to honor truce rules.
“I condemn the attack that hit the Zaid Al Moshki residential neighborhood in Taiz that injured 11 boys and girls, mostly under the age of 10. A number of these children are reportedly in critical condition, and one boy has died of his injuries,” Grundberg said.
The warring parties have obligations under international law to protect civilians. “The killing and injuring of children is particularly reprehensible,” Grundberg added.
The Taiz attack is coming in the face of several other attacks across Yemen that took place during the ceasefire. “The people of Taiz have suffered immensely through seven years of war, and they, too, need the truce to deliver for them in all its aspects,” Grundberg said.
Grundberg vowed to continue engaging with parties to the conflict in Yemen to renew and expand the truce.
Meanwhile, Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council blamed Iranian-backed Houthi group for the attack on Taiz, and said that the group is committing more crimes due to continuation of impunity.
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