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An aerial view of Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA/Ari Gaitanis

Killing of 8 civilians in Afghanistan condemned

The killing on Friday of at least eight civilians in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has been condemned by the UN mission in the country, UNAMA.

Two hundred people were also injured.

A truck heavily packed with explosives detonated in the Shah Shahid area of the city in the middle of the night while people were home sleeping.

Among those killed and injured were women and children.

On Wednesday, UNAMA released its latest report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan. The report documented almost 1,600 civilian deaths in the first half of 2015.

"Spare" civilian infrastructure from airstrikes

The warring parties in Yemen have been urged by the UN to avoid bombing civilians and civilian infrastructure, including markets, banks and schools.

Fighting continues in the Gulf state between government forces and rebels.

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, has just returned from a two-day mission to the north-west city of Sa’ada where he witnessed what he called the "severe destruction" of infrastructure.

He emphasized the importance of all parties protecting civilian lives and livelihoods.

Terrorist Attack in Saudi Arabia condemned

A deadly bomb attack in Saudi Arabia claimed by the ISIL terrorist group has been condemned by the UN Security Council.

The bombing at a mosque at the headquarters of security forces in the Asir region of Saudi Arabia on Thursday resulted in the death of at least 15 people.

The 15 members of the Council stressed again that ISIL must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses has to be stamped out.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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