News in Brief 29 September 2015 (AM)

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The UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the National Police conducting a joint operation in the capital Bangui. Photo: UN/MINUSCA/Nektarios Markogiannis

Violence in Central African Republic deplored by UN chief

An eruption of violence in the Central African Republic which left more than 30 people dead and over 100 wounded has been deplored by the UN Secretary-General.

The attacks were sparked by the murder of a young Muslim man on Saturday in the capital, Bangui.

Ban Ki-moon said he was also "deeply concerned" by the escape of over 500 prisoners from the Ngaragba prison in Bangui and what he called "the ensuing elevated threat" to civilians.

Protection of civilians urged in Kunduz, Afghanistan

Deep concern has been expressed by the UN about the human rights situation in Afghanistan’s north-eastern city of Kunduz following a major attack by the outlawed Taliban group on Monday.

It's reported that at least 110 civilians were killed and injured.

The Taliban offensive sparked ground engagements throughout the city between Taliban and Afghan security forces.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the civilian population in Kunduz had already suffered months of fighting and was now in grave danger.

Concern voiced over escalating tensions in Jerusalem

And the UN human rights office, OHCHR, has said it's concerned about clashes and escalating tensions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The Geneva-based agency said tensions were increasing following protests against restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities on Palestinian worshippers wishing to enter the Al Aqsa Compound.

The Compound also known as Temple Mount is one of the most important holy sites in Jerusalem, where both Muslims and Jews practice their faith.

OHCHR said any lethal use of force could worsen the cycle of violence and further inflame an already tense situation.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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