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Friday, 18 September 2009

UN calls for probe into Yemen's raid on civilians

United Nations' top human rights official has called for an investigation into a deadly attack on a refugee camp that left over 80 civilians killed in northern Yemen.

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In a statement released on Friday, Navi Pillay the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned the Yemeni government to avoid a repeat of the incident, underlining its obligation to protect civilians, Reuters reported.

"It was the second deadly air strike resulting in civilian deaths in the space of three days," she said.

"The government should launch a full-fledged investigation into what went wrong and take immediate measures to try to ensure we do not see a further avoidable tragedy of this nature," Pillay added.

In an effort to crush Zaidi Shia fighters, led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, the Yemeni government has launched a fierce operation on the northern Saada province from August 11. More

Air raid kills 80 Yemeni civilians