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UN chief urges protection of civilians in Yemen

United Nations:UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called on all parties involved in military operations in Yemen to ensure the protection of civilians, a media report said on Wednesday.

Ban voiced his deep concern about reports of numerous civilian casualties resulting from ongoing military operations in Yemen, which have left dozens dead and many more injured, among them children, according to a statement issued here by his spokesperson, Xinhua reported. 

"The Secretary-General reminds all parties involved in military operations in Yemen of their obligations under international humanitarian law to ensure the protection of civilians. This includes the strict adherence to the principles of proportionality, distinction, and precaution," the statement said.

Ban also stressed that hospitals and other medical installations have a special protected status under international law.

"The Secretary-General reiterates his firm belief in the necessity to resolve the conflict through peaceful means," said the statement.

Fighting has been ongoing in Yemen since January 22, when the legitimate government under President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was ousted by Shiite Houthi forces, provoking the recent military campaign by a coalition of 10 countries lead by Saudi Arabia.

The air raids have left 83 people killed and about 350 others injured across the country.