News in Brief 20 July 2015 (PM)

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Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, during the daily noon press briefing at UN headquarters. UN File Photo/JC McIlwaine

Turkey attack condemned by UN

A terrorist attack in the Turkish town of Suruc which has reportedly claimed the lives of at least 28 people has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

More than a hundred others were also injured in the assault on Monday.

Here's the UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"No cause or grievance ever justifies the targeting of civilians. The Secretary-General hopes the perpetrators of this act will be swiftly identified and brought to justice."

Suruc is located across the border from the Syrian town of Kobane, which has seen heavy fighting between militants from the ISIL group and Kurdish fighters.

Condemnation follows attack on food convoy in CAR

An increase of armed attacks on a key supply route in the north-west of the Central African Republic has been strongly condemned by the United Nations Mission in the country, MINUSCA.

The latest incident took place over the weekend when gun shots were fired against a truck convoy with World Food Programme (WFP) supplies, escorted by MINUSCA peacekeepers.

The Central African Republic has been mired in sectarian violence between Muslim and Christian militias for the past two years.

Concern raised over trapped civilians in Iraq

Humanitarian agencies say they are particularly concerned by reports that tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in two districts in Iraq amidst a deteriorating security situation.

Fighting is continuing in Iraq as the government attempts to drive ISIL militants from territory they're controlling.

The UN humanitarian office, OCHA, said civilians in Ramadi and Falluja districts, west of the capital, Baghdad, were being prevented from fleeing the area by ISIL.

Over 300,000 people have fled Ramadi District after the Iraqi government announced the launch of military operations in April.

Siobhán Garside, United Nations.

Duration: 1’35″

 

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