April 22, 2015 / 5:27 PM / 5 years ago

UN concerned by resumption of Yemen airstrikes by Saudi coalition

UNITED NATIONS, April 22 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern on Wednesday about the renewal of airstrikes in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition and said he hoped the fighting would cease quickly.

“When I read the report that fighting was resumed I was very much concerned about that,” Ban told reporters. “I sincerely hope there will be an end of fighting as soon as possible.”

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would end almost a month of air strikes against the Iranian-allied Houthis but resumed operations on Wednesday. Last week Ban called for an immediate ceasefire by all parties in Yemen. (Reporting by Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols)

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