Briefing by Spokesperson for Secretary-General

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ENGLISH 18-May-2017 00:12:34
Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said today that, as the hunger strike by Palestinian detainees protesting against their conditions in Israeli jails enters its second month, it is imperative that a resolution be found as soon as possible, in line with International Humanitarian Law and Israel's human rights obligations.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is alarmed by reports of an attack on the Aqareb Al-Safyieh village in the eastern countryside of Hama today, reportedly resulting in the death of dozens of civilians, the majority of whom are women and children. A large number of people were also reportedly injured due to missile shelling. In addition to the people killed and injured, several people are reportedly missing and believed to have been kidnapped. We do not have further information at this time on the incident or who was responsible.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warns that there has been a sharp increase in the number of people fleeing western Mosul, in Iraq, as fighting has intensified there.

This afternoon, the Deputy Secretary-General will depart New York for Brussels.

The World Health Organization said today that medical experts are racing against the clock to contain the outbreak of Ebola in the Likati Health Zone, a remote area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, bordering the Central African Republic. The zone is 1,400 kilometres from Kinshasa and 350 kilometres from the nearest major town, Kisangani. There are only 20 kilometres of paved roads in this area and virtually no functional telecommunications.

UNICEF reports that the global number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has reached a record high, increasing nearly five-fold since 2010.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued a report ranking the deadliest weather events such as cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms.

Barbados and Indonesia have paid their regular budget dues in full, bringing to 101 the number of Member States that have done so.
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