UN / TIGRAY REAX

23-Jun-2021 00:01:36
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “deeply alarmed” by the reports of civilian casualties as a result of an airstrike, which reportedly took place yesterday in Ethiopia’s Tigray Province, his spokesperson told reporters in New York. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / TIGRAY REAX
TRT: 1:36
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

23 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson arriving at dais
3. Med shot, journalist asking question
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We've definitely seen the reports, and can I tell you the Secretary-General is deeply alarmed by what he's seen, by the reports of civilian casualties on this airstrike, which reportedly took place yesterday in Togoga. You know, our focus right now has been - initial focus - has been on trying to get lifesaving interventions. Some of the most critically wounded people, from what we gather, were evacuated by ambulances last night and this morning. We have requested access to the area to assess the situation and see how we can provide assistance. But so far, we've not been able to. The situation in the area remains very, very volatile. It's important that everyone engaged in fighting do their utmost to protect civilians, to obey international humanitarian law. Once again, we want to see an end to all hostilities in the region. We want to see greater access for humanitarian workers. And frankly, from what we've seen here, things are not going in the right direction, to say the least.”
5. Wide shot, spokesperson at dais
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “deeply alarmed” by the reports of civilian casualties as a result of an airstrike, which reportedly took place yesterday in Ethiopia’s Tigray Province, according to a spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (23 Jun), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the UN’s initial focus has been on lifesaving interventions. He said some of the “most critically wounded people, from what we gather, were evacuated by ambulances last night and this morning,” from the village of Togoga where the airstrike reported took place.

Dujarric said the UN requested access to the area to assess the situation and see how it could provide assistance, but so far has not been able to.

The UN spokesperson added, “The situation in the area remains very, very volatile. It's important that everyone engaged in fighting do their utmost to protect civilians, to obey international humanitarian law.”

Dujarric stressed that the UN see an end to all hostilities in the region and greater access for humanitarian workers. He said, “And frankly, from what we've seen here, things are not going in the right direction, to say the least.”
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