New York

19 August 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sinai/Egypt

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the latest ambush in the Sinai on two mini-buses which killed 25 Egyptian police officers.  The Secretary-General expresses the hope that the perpetrators will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.  

The Secretary-General is also deeply disturbed by the reported deaths, in a separate incident, of 36 prisoners in police custody Sunday night as they were being transferred from one facility to another.  He calls for a full investigation to ascertain the facts surrounding this incident.

The Secretary-General conveys his condolences to the families of the victims.