News in Brief 03 October 2016 (PM)

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Killing of 19 Afghan civilians on the road condemned by UN

The killing of 19 Afghan civilians in two separate incidents which involved improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, has been condemned by the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA.

The civilian vehicles detonated the IEDs in Helmand and Badghis provinces a few days ago.

Here's Deputy UN Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"In the first incident, on 29 September ten members of a family were killed while returning from lunch after their vehicle hit an IED placed in a culvert. In the second incident, on 30 September, a group of civilians traveling on a tractor hit an IED, killing nine people, eight of whom were women and small children."

The use of so-called "victim activated pressure plate triggers" is illegal, and indiscriminate, the UN has said.

The head of UNAMA, Tadamichi Yamamoto, added that the terrible loss of civilian life" was intolerable and "the use of such IEDs may constitute a war crime."

Relief supplies in position for onslaught of Hurricane Matthew in Caribbean

Relief supplies have been put in place by a UN team in Jamaica, as Hurricane Matthew began to churn across the Caribbean on Monday.

The Category 4 hurricane is expected to reach Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and the Bahamas by the end of the day.

More details from Farhan Haq again.

"In Haiti, the national authorities expect 20 per cent of the population, some 2 million people, to be affected. A United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team has arrived in the country. And in Jamaica, some 150,000 people could be displaced due to the impact of the hurricane. Pre-positioning of relief supplies and emergency resources has started, and an UN team has also arrived to support the national preparedness efforts.

Humanitarian coordinator "deeply concerned" over security in CAR

Attacks against humanitarian workers and a deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) are a source of deep concern, said a senior UN official there on Monday.

Humanitarian Affairs coordinator, Fabrizio Hochschild, said that "key humanitarian actors" have been leaving the Kaga Bandoro area since a series of attacks and violent robberies began taking place in early September.

Between 9 and 29 September, more than 16 security incidents have taken place in the troubled region, said Mr Hochschild.

The coordinator added that 120,000 food-insecure people were likely to be affected by the departures.

He said 35,000 displaced people may not receive vital food aid from the World Food Programme (WFP) and a UN Children's Fund project that feeds 25,000 youngsters has been put on hold.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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