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Ban Wants Answers After Strike Hits UN Yemen Office

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Ban Ki-moon has called for an investigation into a Saudi-led airstrike on a UN compound in Yemen. Airstrikes began in late March to stop an advance by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who drove the president into exile.

On Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an inquiry after an Arab coalition airstrike in Yemen seriously damaged a UN Development Program office and injured a guard in the city of Aden. Farhan Haq, a spokesman for the United Nations, said that Ban also called for a return to peace talks.

“The secretary-general urges a full investigation into this incident and that anyone found to be responsible for any breaches be held to account,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have demanded that the Houthi rebels pull back from territory seized in their offensive and that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi return to power. And since March, they have backed those demands with airstrikes.