News in Brief 7 November 2016 (PM)

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Herve Ladsous. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

"Abhorrent" acts of sex abuse have shaken UN peacekeeping "to its core"

Abhorrent acts of sexual abuse, exploitation and violence have shaken peacekeeping and the UN "to its core", Under-Secretary-General Herve Ladsous said at the launch of UN Police Week in New York.

In 2015, the organization uncovered 99 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation and 69 of these were in countries where peacekeeping operations are deployed.

Speaking directly to police leaders at the annual gathering on Monday, Mr Ladsous reminded them that "with great power comes great responsibility."

Here's UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"The UN Police faced three major challenges: the protection of civilians, performance and accountability. He said the abhorrent acts of sexual abuse and exploitation and violence have shaken peacekeeping and the UN to its core. And he noted that the Secretariat is taking action on three fronts: prevention, accountability and victim assistance. Mr. Ladsous asked the police leaders to ensure that officers understand what it means to be a Peacekeeper. He said that with great power comes great responsibility."

Civilians injured during shootout by unknown gunmen in Bentiu

At least ten civilians were injured in the oil-town of Bentiu, South Sudan, when unknown gunmen fired shots while attempting to attack a government army checkpoint located next to a UN base.

UN peacekeepers responded to the incident causing the assailants to flee.

The wounded received medical treatment and are in stable condition.

Fighting between rival forces loyal to the Government and those in opposition for the past two years continues to affect the country's second largest city.

UN investigates killing of Afghan civilians in air strikes

The UN Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, is investigating allegations that at least 32 civilians were killed and 19 wounded in air strikes on Kunduz city last Thursday.

The vast majority of those killed were reportedly woman and children.

UNAMA also received reports that the air strikes severely damaged at least 22 houses.

The US military forces in Afghanistan have acknowledged carrying out air-to-ground engagements in Kunduz at the time of the attacks and express their deep regret for civilian deaths.

UNAMA has stressed the need for a full investigation, as well as accountability and compensation for the victims.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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