Lebanon, Central African Republic, Afghanistan & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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04-Aug-2021 00:53:33
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, spoke this morning by videoconference to the international conference in support of the Lebanese people, which takes place one year since the tragic explosion at the port of Beirut left some 200 people dead and thousands more displaced. 

Just after noon today, local time, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, received reports that at least two rockets had been fired from Lebanon towards Israel.

A report today by the United Nations details the dire and worsening human rights situation over the past year in the country, where armed groups carried out a violent bid to disrupt elections. In response, the country’s defense and security forces launched military operations to retake territory from them.

We are deeply concerned about the safety and protection of people in Afghanistan’s Lashkargah, in the south, where tens of thousands of people could be trapped by fighting.

As if we needed more examples of the horrific violence faced by children in Afghanistan, UNICEF said today that it is outraged by a report that a 12-year-old boy from Shirin Tagab district, in Faryab province, suffered a brutal flogging by a member of an anti-government group.

Just to flag that in the Security Council today they held a meeting on the issue of Syria and chemical weapons. Thomas Markram of the Office of Disarmament Affairs briefed the Council members.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says heavy rains and flooding in Yemen have affected at least 28,000 people, according to initial estimates.

The UN Mission in South Sudan said it welcomed the swearing into office of 504 members of the Revitalized Transitional National Legislative Assembly and 84 members of the Council of States, calling this a positive step forward in the peace process.

Our UN team in Cabo Verde tells us that 40 percent of people eligible have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The country has received more than 61,000 doses through COVAX.

We are now up to 118 Member States having fully paid up their dues. We thank El Salvador for its contribution.

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