UN / AFGHANISTAN ATTACK

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The United Nations in Afghanistan condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack on its main compound in Herat “in which an Afghan police guard was killed, and others injured,” United Nations spokesperson Eri Kaneko said today. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt down, UN headquarters exterior

30 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Eri Kaneko at the dais
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations in the country condemned in the strongest terms today the attack on our main compound in Herat in which an Afghan police guard was killed and others injured. No UN personnel were hurt in the incident. The UN Mission in Afghanistan said that the attack targeting entrances with rocket propelled grenades and gunfire of the clearly marked UN facility was carried out by Anti-Government Elements. Today, the area around Herat where the compound is located witnessed fighting between the Taliban and government forces. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and the Head of the Mission in the country, Deborah Lyons, said the attack ‘is deplorable.’”
5. Close up, camera operator
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“She stressed that the perpetrators ‘must be identified and brought to account.’ Mrs Lyons added that our first thoughts are with the family of the officer killed and she wished a speedy recovery to those injured. Attacks against civilian UN personnel and compounds are prohibited under international law and may amount to war crimes.”
7. Wide shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Mission said that it is concerned by escalating violence in and around Kandahar amidst ongoing Taliban attacks on the city. The UN Mission said that there are credible reports of scores of civilians killed and that it is working to establish facts on civilian harm. “
9. Wide shot, Kaneko at the dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Fighting has also been reported in the Nangahar Province and in new areas in the northeast province of Kunar, where 20,000 people were displaced.”
11. Wide shot, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Humanitarian partners in Afghanistan need $1.3 billion to help nearly 16 million people in 2021, but only 38 per cent of the required funding has been received to date.”
13. Wide shot, end of briefing

STORYLINE:

The United Nations in Afghanistan condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack on its main compound in Herat “in which an Afghan police guard was killed, and others injured,” United Nations spokesperson Eri Kaneko said today (30 Jul).

Kaneko said, “the attack targeting entrances with rocket propelled grenades and gunfire of the clearly marked UN facility was carried out by Anti-Government Elements, adding that “today, the area around Herat where the compound is located witnessed fighting between the Taliban and government forces.”

She stressed that “attacks against civilian UN personnel and compounds are prohibited under international law and may amount to war crimes.”

The UN Mission, Kaneko noted, said that “it is concerned by escalating violence in and around Kandahar amidst ongoing Taliban attacks on the city.” Fighting, she said, “has also been reported in the Nangahar Province and in new areas in the northeast province of Kunar, where 20,000 people were displaced.”

The spokesperson said, “humanitarian partners in Afghanistan need $1.3 billion to help nearly 16 million people in 2021, but only 38 per cent of the required funding has been received to date.”
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