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An airstrike carried out last Sunday hit a wedding party in Hajjah, Yemen, killing a high number of civilians, including children, and injuring many more. Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims.
The European Union strongly advocates for the protection of civilians in the conflict, for the respect of obligations under international humanitarian law and for accountability of those responsible for these violations.
The European Union calls on all parties to the Yemeni conflict to avoid further escalation of violence and instead to work with the new UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths towards a resumption of peace talks. The war has been going on for too long and it has only brought untold suffering to the people of Yemen.