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U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that, civilians, including children, are paying the heaviest price in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, as schools and hospitals continue to be hit.

The statement came, days after attacks on a school in northern Yemen and a hospital in the country's north-west province, which have killed dozens of civilians and children.

Ban also condemned the latest attack on a workshop, in Saudi border city Najran on Tuesday, which killed seven civilians, as well as, another air strike hitting a home in Nehm, east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which killed at least nine people, according to the statement.

In this regard, Ban called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and for the Yemeni parties to return to direct talks.

Yemen has been locked in a civil war since the Houthis seized power and overturned the Yemeni government, in late 2014.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened to support the exiled Yemeni government in 2015, but failed to bring it back to power, in the rebel-held capital Sanaa.

The war and ensuing air strikes have killed over 6,400 people, mostly civilians.


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