News in Brief 14 July 2017 (PM)

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A bird's eye view of Jerusalem. Photo: UN Photo/ Rick Bajornas

UN chief condemns deadly shooting at Old City of Jerusalem

A deadly attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

Two Israeli police officers were killed and a third wounded when they were fired upon by three assailants who were later killed by the Israeli security forces.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN chief António Guterres warned that the incident could potentially spark further violence.

He called on people to "act responsibly" to avoid escalation.

The Old City of Jerusalem is considered holy by three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

It is inscribed on UN cultural agency UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The Secretary-General also welcomed the swift condemnation of the attack by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well as the assurances by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that holy sites in Jerusalem will be respected, according to the statement.

"The sanctity of religious sites should be respected as places for reflection, not violence," it concluded.

 

UN looking into base in conflict-ridden South Sudan town

The United Nations is exploring plans to re-establish a peacekeeping base in conflict-ridden Yei in South Sudan.

That information comes from the UN operation in the country, UNMISS.

Mission chief David Shearer visited Yei on Thursday to assess the need for a base in the southwestern city, which is continuing to experience violence and human rights abuses including murder, rape, torture and looting.

UNMISS Spokesperson Daniel Dickinson said political leaders and religious and community groups are urging the UN to provide protection for civilians who are unable to travel beyond the town itself because of ambushes and ongoing violence.

"David Shearer said there were conditions that needed to be met before a base could be established.  That includes the Cooperation of local authorities, a generally inclusive grassroots peace process and guaranteed access for peacekeepers to enable regular patrols to outlying areas."

 

Countries hear of UN progress in tackling sexual exploitation and abuse

UN peacekeeping chiefs have met with representatives from more than 60 Member States in connection with the organization's efforts to stamp out sexual exploitation and abuse.

The meeting in New York on Thursday was held to follow up on progress on the UN Secretary-General's recommendations on protection from these acts.

Topics discussed included strengthening partnership to ensure victims' access to justice.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson:

"Member States were unanimous in their pledges to uphold the UN’s zero tolerance policy. They welcomed the concrete measures taken by the Secretariat and highlighted the importance of a UN system-wide response."

A High-Level Meeting on sexual exploitation and abuse will also be held on the margins of the annual UN General Assembly in September.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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