News in Brief 17 October 2016 (PM)

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A woman cooks a meal outside in the open air with her three children where she is camping with her family the night before being able to register for a ration card in Thanyang, South Sudan. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

Fighting in South Sudan "prolongs" suffering

Ongoing fighting in South Sudan is prolonging the suffering of people there according to the UN.

The UN mission in country, UNMISS, reported explosions in Unity state on Sunday which led to 67 civilians seeking protection at a UN compound.

Fighting between government and opposition forces has been continuing for almost three years.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The UN Mission remains extremely concerned by the fighting between the SPLA and the opposition, which continues to prolong the suffering of the population. It calls on both sides to respect the ceasefire agreed to by the parties in July and reiterates the need to fully implement the peace agreement."

Repeated attacks against peacekeepers in CAR condemned

And the UN mission in the Central African Republic, MINUSCA has condemned "repeated attacks" against its peacekeepers.

Two UN convoys have been attacked in recent days.

Five peacekeepers were wounded in the first incident.

Stéphane Dujarric again.

"The UN Mission stressed that the perpetrators of these attacks will be held to account, including, where necessary, for war crimes."

Terrorists benefitting from criminal networks become "growing concern"

Terrorists are increasingly benefitting from the work of criminal networks a development which the UN has described as a "growing concern."

Yury Fedotov, the head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said that terrorist groups in the Middle East and some African countries are profiting from criminal activities such as drug trafficking, the illegal trade in oil, people and weapons smuggling as well as kidnapping for ransom.

He said enhancing cooperation between states is key to combatting terrorists linked to transnational organized crime groups.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1’43″

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