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23 stories found over the past 45 days
Libya: senior UN relief official condemns attacks on Benghazi power plant

12 January 2016 – Strongly condemning the recent attacks against a major power plant in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country said today he is “deeply shocked by these actions that directly affect civilian life,” and warned that such “ignoble” attacks may amount to war crimes.


African Union–UN mission calls for restraint in West Darfur as tensions rise over recent violence

12 January 2016 – The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) expressed concern over continued tension in El Geneina town and around Mouli village, 15 kilometres south of El Geneina, West Darfur, after an armed attack on Mouli village.


‘Alarming’ outbreak of violence in new area of South Sudan uproots 15,000, UN reports

08 January 2016 – Fighting between armed groups and Government soldiers and an apparent breakdown in law and order in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, with hundreds of houses burned down or looted, has uprooted 15,000 people over the past five weeks, and 500 a day are now pouring into Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.


African Union-UN peacekeepers ambushed in Darfur; one injured, weapons stolen

07 January 2016 – A joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping patrol was ambushed in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region today by an unidentified armed group, who greatly outnumbered it and seized a machine gun, four rifles and rounds of ammunition.


Central African Republic: UN envoy hails first-round election results, urges calm as process continues

07 January 2016 – Welcoming today’s announcement of the results of the first round of the presidential elections in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations envoy for the country has invited the two candidates that will participate in an upcoming run-off poll, “to maintain the spirit of peace and restraint that has prevailed” throughout the process thus far.


‘Libya cannot afford to remain divided,’ says UN envoy, deploring latest deadly terrorist attack

07 January 2016 – Condemning the “reprehensible” deadly terrorist attack on a security training centre today in Libya’s coastal city of Zliten, the top United Nations official in the country said the incident again shows the urgent need for all stakeholders to press ahead with forming a recently-agreed unity government.


Libya: ISIL attacks highlight need for implementation of peace accord, says UN envoy

06 January 2016 – The United Nations envoy in Libya, who last month has helped usher in a UN-brokered political agreement for a national government in the strife-torn country, has said an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on oil installations highlights the need for immediate implementation of the accord.


Afghanistan: UN mission condemns Taliban attacks in Kabul City

06 January 2016 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today condemned a spate of bombings in civilian areas of Kabul by the Taliban in the first few days of the New Year.


Fresh allegations of sexual abuse made against UN peacekeepers in Central African Republic

05 January 2016 – The United Nations is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and other misconduct by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), this time by forces under the world body’s flag, the top UN official there said today, as further steps are being put in place to combat the scourge.


Lebanon: Senior UN officials urge restraint by all parties after attack, exchange of fire with Israel

04 January 2016 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon and the commander of the UN peacekeeping force there have urged both sides to exercise utmost restraint to prevent any escalation after that two Israeli army vehicles were attacked south of the Blue Line and Israeli forces returned artillery fire.