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Security Council deplores deadly attack at Yemeni tourist site

Security Council deplores deadly attack at Yemeni tourist site

Council President Ambassador Wang
The Security Council today condemned last week’s suicide car bombing near a popular tourist site in Yemen that claimed the lives of nine people, stressing the need to bring the sponsors as well as the perpetrators of all terrorist attacks to justice.

In a statement read out by Ambassador Wang Guangya of China, which holds the rotating presidency this month, Council members offered its deepest sympathies and condolences to the victims and their families, and to the Governments of Spain and Yemen.

Seven Spanish tourists and two Yemeni nationals were killed in last Monday’s bombing, which took place near an archaeological site in the province of Marib. Media reports say the explosion occurred as the visitors were finishing a tour of the site, which contains a temple built 3,000 years ago at the time of the Queen of Sheba.

Today’s presidential statement urged all States to play their part to ensure that the perpetrators, the organizers, the financiers and the sponsors of the attack are brought to justice.

“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement added.

Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also voiced outrage at the deadly bombing and declared that no cause can justify such acts of indiscriminate violence against civilians.