Germany condemns air strike on children's bus in Yemen's Saada
Germany's spokesperson issued a statement on the situation in Yemen, where, according to reports, a school bus was hit during an air strike in Saada province yesterday, killing many children.
Germany is providing substantial humanitarian assistance to Yemen. In 2017, the Federal Government made available some 165 million euros in aid. In 2018, the large-scale effort to provide humanitarian aid will continue. Germany is one of the country’s key humanitarian donors. The Federal Foreign Office is coordinating Germany’s aid efforts.
He said, "Events such as this in Yemen, and all reports of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the country, must be fully and independently investigated. The International Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen of the United Nations Human Rights Council has our full support."
"The suffering of the people in Yemen, which is occurring on a massive scale, must be stopped. A way out of the conflict must be found. We fully support Martin Griffiths, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen, as he works to convince the parties to the conflict to return to the negotiating table and resume the political process. We, too, will do everything in our power to help relaunch this process. We, therefore, call on the parties to the conflict to constructively engage in the consultations in Geneva that are scheduled for the beginning of September."
"A political solution needs to be found for the conflict in Yemen. Unhindered access for humanitarian aid and helpers is needed right now, and the commercial movement of goods throughout the country must be restored immediately."