The Secretary-General condemns today’s bombing in central Istanbul, which is reported to have killed and injured dozens of people. This is the latest in a recent series of terrorist attacks in Turkey. The perpetrators of this appalling violence must be brought to justice, consistent with human rights obligations. The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of today’s attack and to the people and Government of Turkey.
The Secretary-General is gravely concerned about the continued ground fighting and aerial bombardment in Yemen and its impact on innocent civilians. More than 1,200 people have been killed and 300,000 have fled their homes in the past six weeks. There are credible reports of families in Aden trapped by the bombardment and snipers targeting civilians in the street. Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals, humanitarian warehouses and UN compounds, are unacceptable and in violation of international humanitarian law. Continue reading