Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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22-Jul-2015 00:18:50
Briefing by Vannina Maestracci, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, briefed the Security Council this morning on the work of the UN [Assistance] Mission in that country, UNAMI.

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has expressed deep concern over the situation of the civilian population in the town of Zabadani.

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, has condemned the bombing in the northern province of Faryab, which has killed at least 19 civilians and injured some 28 others.

On Yemen, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that wheat flour and cooking gas are still in very short supply in the country, and prices are rising beyond the reach of many people.

Despite the immense challenges, aid organizations are responding to communities where security allows. For the first time since the conflict escalated, more than 3,300 displaced families in Sa’ada Governorate received household kits, plastic sheeting and tents for shelter.

Today, a World Food Programme (WFP) ship carrying 500,000 litres of fuel for humanitarian operations arrived in Aden — the first WFP-chartered vessel with fuel to berth in the southern port since conflict erupted in Yemen in late March.

Our office was asked earlier about the planned Israeli demolitions in the West Bank. I can tell you that the Secretary-General is concerned about the plan announced by the Israeli Government to demolish properties of the herding community in Susiya, placing dozens of civilians at risk of further displacement.
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