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UN condemns killing of civilians in eastern DR Congo

Listen / M23 fighters move along the road towards Goma as Peacekeepers observed gathering of armed people North of the city [MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti] (Photo from file)

The killing of civilians during the latest fighting in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been condemned by United Nations officials and agencies. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says that at least seven civilians have been killed by shells that have landed in residential areas during the clashes between the [...]

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UNAMA condemns killing of six civilians in Heart province

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The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemns the recent abduction and killing of six civilians in Herat province. According to a UNAMA statement, among the civilians executed were five employees of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a humanitarian non-governmental organization and a local staff member of the National Solidarity Program. IRC is [...]

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Humanitarian airlift with relief items for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq arrives in Erbil

Listen / Thousands of people flowed from Syria across the Peshkhabour border crossing into Iraq's Dohuk Governorate  [UNHCR/G.Gubaeva]

Urgent relief items for the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) needed to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees who have crossed into northern Iraq, have arrived in Erbil, Iraq. The WFP-chartered flight from the United Arab Emirates, carried 340 family tents for UNHCR, part of a generous contribution [...]

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UN chemical weapons inspectors postpone Tuesday's investigation

Listen / Ake Sellström, head of the UN team investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The UN Chemical Weapons Team on Tuesday postponed its planned investigation of alleged chemical weapons use in a different site in Syria. UN Spokesperson says that following Monday's attack on the UN convoy, a comprehensive assessment determined that the visit should be postponed by one day in order to improve preparedness and safety for the [...]

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Human Rights office concerned about forceful eviction of Palestinians by Israel

Listen / A Bedouin child wanders away from his home in al-Hadidiya village in the West Bank, which is now within a closed military zone claimed by the Israeli army. [Photo: IRIN/Phoebe Greenwood]

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern about the forced eviction and forcible transfer of Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as a result of a series of demolitions carried out by Israeli authorities in at least six different locations since 19 August 2013. Spokesperson Cecile Pouilly told reporters in [...]

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Syrian exodus into Iraq continues

Listen / Syrian Refugees streaming into Kurdistan, Iraq. [UNHCR/G.Gubaeva]

Syrian men, women, and children in unprecedented numbers crossed into Iraq on foot when the Kurdistan Regional Government opened the Peshkhabour pontoon bridge on the 15th of August. In just one week, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says over 45-thousand Syrians fleeing the chaos in the country have crossed the bridge into Iraq. UNHCR says [...]

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UN Envoy still hopeful for a Syrian peace Conference

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The Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi says the situation inside Syria was increasingly becoming untenable and urged both sides to go to the negotiating table for a political solution. Mr Brahimi says there will be no victory for either side, adding that the [...]

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UNHCR condemns killing of civilians in eastern DRC

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The UN Refugee Agency warned armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo Tuesday that indiscriminate or deliberate attacks against civilians may constitute war crimes. This follows the killing and wounding of a number of civilians in the suburbs of Goma in the east of country over the weekend in fighting between the Congolese army [...]

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