News in Brief 11 January 2016 (AM)

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An infant in an incubator at Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sana'a. Intensive fighting and bombing has caused frequent power cuts, shortage of medicines and fuel paralyzing hospitals across Yemen. Photo: UNICEF/Magd Farid

UN chief condemns attack on hospital in Yemen

An attack on a hospital in Sa'ada province in Yemen on Monday, which killed at least four people and injured many others, has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

It was not clear who had carried out the attack on the hospital which is supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

In 2015, the MSF-supported Haydan Medical Hospital in Sa'ada and a mobile health clinic in Taizz were also targeted.

The UN chief said that hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law.

He added that as the civil war in Yemen continues, he was "extremely concerned" about the increasingly limited access to essential health care services for Yemenis.

US urged to close Guantánamo Bay facility

The United States has been urged by five UN human rights Special Rapporteurs to close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and put an end to what they called "impunity for human rights and humanitarian law violations."

Guantánamo became operational 14 years ago following the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

It has been used to detain terrorist suspects.

The five experts, who are independent of the United Nations, said in an open letter that close to a hundred detainees still languish in Guantánamo after years of arbitrary detention and without trial.

They added that "everyone implicated, including at the highest
level of authority, must be held accountable for a range of illegal practices carried out in the name of combatting terrorism."

Those practices include extraordinary renditions, secret detention, the arbitrary arrest of civilians and so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques."

New UN force commander in Darfur to work for peace

The new head of the hybrid African Union/United Nations Peacekeeping mission in Sudan's Darfur region, known as UNAMID, has said that he will work to bring peace back to the troubled region.

Martin Uhomoibhi  a Nigerian national, arrived at the mission headquarters in El Fasher, North Darfur, on Monday.

"I am here to continue the good work and to really make sure that the peace which our good people here deserve returns to them, bringing to bear the good intentions of the United Nations, the good intentions of the African Union and of course my own personal intentions."

UNAMID was first established in 2007 following the outbreak of a civil war in Darfur.

The UN estimates 300,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their homes since fighting began in 2003.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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