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Minister for the Middle East statement following attack on Yemen funeral hall

Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, expresses concern following an airstrike which hit a funeral hall in Yemen and will raise concerns with the Saudi Ambassador to London

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Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood said:

I am deeply concerned by reports of an airstrike hitting a funeral hall in the Yemeni capital Sana’a yesterday. The scenes from the site are shocking.

I am raising my concerns with the Saudi Ambassador to London today and urge the Saudi-led coalition’s announced investigation into the incident to take place as a matter of urgency.

There can be no military solution to this conflict. We urge all sides to recommit to political talks and to implement a cessation of hostilities.

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Published 9 October 2016