News in Brief 02 July 2015 (AM)

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Mongi Hamdi. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Deadly attack against peacekeepers in Mali condemned by UN

An attack near Timbuktu in Mali which reportedly killed six peacekeepers and injured five others has been strongly condemned by the UN mission in the country, MINUSMA.

Reports indicate that around 9 am local time, unidentified armed men targeted two UN convoys and destroyed them.

Ground and aerial support have been sent to the area to help the injured.

The Head of MINUSMA, Mongi Hamdi said the perpetrators of what he called this "despicable" crime must be identified and brought to justice immediately.

UN chief condemns attack on protection of civilians site in South Sudan

An attack in the South Sudanese town of Malakal on a protection of civilians site run by the UN mission, UNMISS, has been condemned by the United Nations chief.

Ban Ki-moon said he deplored the killing by opposition forces of one internally displaced person and the injury of six others.

He called on former Vice President Riek Machar and Johnson Olony, the commander of opposition forces, to conduct an immediate investigation into the incident.

Talks conclude in New Zealand on humanitarian action in Pacific 

Talks about the future of humanitarian action in the Pacific have wrapped up in New Zealand with calls for stronger partnerships with vulnerable and crisis- affected communities.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien said Pacific Islanders live with the threat of disaster and climate change every day.

He added that the UN is open to new approaches, partnerships and technologies that could reduce the suffering caused by emergencies in the Pacific and beyond.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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