Daily Press Briefing: Occupied Palestinian Territory & Israel, Russia, Moscow, Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Nigeria, Colombia, Every Woman Every Child, Security Council/Iraq, COVID-19/Seychelles, COVAX, Madagascar, Financial Contribution

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11-May-2021 00:28:54
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General is gravely concerned by the serious escalations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, including the latest escalation in Gaza, which add to the heightened tensions and violence in occupied East Jerusalem.

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the reported deaths of nine people, including seven children, in a shooting today outside a school in the city of Kazan in the Russian Federation.

Later today, the Secretary-General will travel to Moscow at the invitation of the Russian Government.

In a statement on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Secretary-General strongly condemned yesterday’s attack against a temporary position of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

The Secretary-General condemns the attack on a mosque that took place on 9 May, in Katsina State, where gunmen reportedly abducted 40 worshippers during a Ramadan overnight prayer.

This morning, the Secretary-General spoke with President Iván Duque of Colombia.

Earlier today, the Secretary-General spoke at a meeting with the former members of the Every Woman Every Child High-Level Steering Group and the Independent Accountability Panel.

This morning, at the Security Council, there was an open virtual meeting on the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq.

In the Seychelles, the UN team there is ramping up its support to authorities to respond to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases.

Mauritius received its second batch of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX over the weekend.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that with each day that passes, more lives are at stake as hunger tightens its grip in southern Madagascar.

Niger has now paid its regular budget dues. One hundred countries have now paid their budget dues in full.

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