Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 20-Mar-2017 00:16:12
Briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) expressed grave concern over the weekend regarding reports of renewed violence in Kananga.

Humanitarians in Libya are alarmed at the impact of the ongoing fighting in Tripoli on the civilian population. On 15 March, a mortar shell hit Tripoli’s Al-Hadbha Hospital, setting fire to the paediatric department. Three children received treatment for suffocation.

The Government of Iraq is reporting that 180,000 civilians have fled western Mosul since mid-February, when military operations to retake the western districts of the city began. Humanitarian agencies are bracing for the possibility that an additional 300,000 to 320,000 civilians may flee in coming weeks.

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has condemned last Thursday’s incident in which 42 people, including refugees, were killed when a boat carrying around 145 passengers - among them women and children - came under fire off Yemen’s west coast, near Hudaydah.

Ahead of tomorrow’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the High Commissioner for Human Rights is urging countries to do more to combat hate speech and hate crimes.
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