News in Brief 7 November 2016 (AM)

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A view of participants at a close protection training exercise being conducted by UN Police (UNPOL) Training Team at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Attacks against UN Mission in Mali "will not weaken its determination"

Attacks against the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, will not weaken its determination to bring peace to the West African country, according to a statement released by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Two civilians and one UN peacekeeper were killed on Sunday when the convoy they were travelling in hit an explosive device north of Douentza, in the Mopti region.

The assailants then fired several gun shots, wounding seven more peacekeepers.

General Michael Lollesgaard is the Force Commander of MINUSMA.

"We saw again a complex attack. It was an IED with an ambush. Unfortunately, we had one soldier killed and nine wounded also and there was also two civilians so very, very sad. The good thing is that we fought back. And we need to see now the after action what we can learn and see if if we did actually kill any of the attackers."

The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon reminded the parties that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

He also called for the perpetrators of this attack to be brought to justice.

The Malian authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.

WHO establishes rapid response teams to assist displaced from Mosul

Eighty-two rapid response teams trained and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) have been set up to provide life-saving health services to the newly displaced in Mosul in Iraq.

The teams are also tasked with responding to public health threats.

More than 20,000 people have been displaced in Iraq since the start of an operation to retake the northern city of Mosul from the terrorist group ISIL.

As the numbers of displaced continue to increase, water and sanitation services in camps may face disruptions, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases, such as acute watery diarrhoea and cholera.

Foodborne and vector-borne diseases also pose a risk.

The UN health agency has also trained 90 medical staff and provided them with protective gear in order to treat civilians who may have been exposed to chemical agents.

UN "deeply concerned" about recent breakdown of Gaalkacyo ceasefire 

The United Nations has expressed "deep concern" over the recent breakdown of the ceasefire in the Somali city of Gaalkacyo.

Recent clashes there had resulted in several deaths and displaced upwards of 70,000 people.

A deal was reached in Abu Dhabi between the Presidents of two autonomous regions, Puntland and Galmudug.

During a meeting on Monday with the UN special envoy Michael Keating in the Puntland city of Bossaso, the two state presidents gave clear orders to their military commanders to reinstate the ceasefire "with immediate effect"

Under the agreement, the Presidents of Puntland and Galmudug had promised to refrain from incitement to violence through the media.

They also agreed to appoint joint committees to find a lasting solution to the conflict, and to support the return of displaced people to their homes.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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