UN / DRC PEACEKEEPING ATTACKS

26-Jul-2022 00:02:14
At least one military peacekeeper and two UN police personnel were killed and another was injured when violent attackers snatched weapons from Congolese police and fired upon uniformed personnel in the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), a UN spokesperson informed. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DRC PEACEKEEPING ATTACKS
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DATELINE: 26 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

26 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We have an update from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where violence against our peacekeeping mission is continuing to escalate. At the MONUSCO Butembo base today, violent attackers snatched weapons from Congolese police and fired upon our uniformed personnel. Sadly, one military peacekeeper and two UN police personnel were killed and another was injured. We add our voice to the Acting Head of MONUSCO, Khassim Diagne, to condemn the killing of our colleagues and to express our deepest sympathy to their families and colleagues.”
4. Close up, journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Mr. Diagne has described the violence against the UN as “absolutely unacceptable” and “counterproductive” given that the mission is in the country to work alongside local authorities to protect civilians, deter armed groups, and build the capacity of state institutions and services. He called on Congolese authorities, civil society, and community groups to denounce the violence. “It is not in chaos and confusion or division that we will make progress towards stability and peace”, he said.”
6. Close up, journalist asking question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“At least four incidents have targeted MONUSCO staff residences and other staff have now been relocated to camps. Earlier today, a mob tried to enter the premises of the UNDP compound in Goma but were repelled by security guards. Hundreds of assailants have again attacked our bases in Goma as well as other parts of North Kivu province, fueled by hostile remarks and threats made by individuals and groups against the UN, particularly on social media. Mobs are throwing stones and petrol bombs, breaking into bases, looting and vandalizing, and setting facilities on fire. The situation is very volatile and reinforcements are being mobilized. Our quick reaction forces are on high alert and have been advised to exercise maximum restraint, using tear gas to disperse protestors and only firing warning shots when UN personnel or property are under attack. Some assistance to protect facilities is being received from the Congolese armed forces (FARDC).”
8. Wide shot, briefing room
STORYLINE
At least one military peacekeeper and two UN police personnel were killed and another was injured when violent attackers snatched weapons from Congolese police and fired upon uniformed personnel in the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), a UN spokesperson informed.

Briefing journalists today (26 July) in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq condemned the killings and expressed the UN’s deepest sympathy to their families and colleagues.

The Acting Head of MONUSCO, Khassim Diagne, described the violence against the UN as “absolutely unacceptable” and “counterproductive” given that the mission is in the country to work alongside local authorities to protect civilians, deter armed groups, and build the capacity of state institutions and services.

Diagne called on Congolese authorities, civil society, and community groups to denounce the violence.

“It is not in chaos and confusion or division that we will make progress towards stability and peace”, he said.

According to the spokesperson, at least four incidents have targeted MONUSCO staff residences and other staff have now been relocated to camps.

Earlier on Tuesday, a mob tried to enter the premises of the UNDP compound in Goma but were repelled by security guards.

Haq also informed that hundreds of assailants have again attacked the UN bases in Goma as well as other parts of North Kivu province, “fueled by hostile remarks and threats made by individuals and groups against the UN, particularly on social media.”

Mobs are throwing stones and petrol bombs, breaking into bases, looting and vandalizing, and setting facilities on fire, the spokesperson said.

“The situation is very volatile and reinforcements are being mobilized. Our quick reaction forces are on high alert and have been advised to exercise maximum restraint, using tear gas to disperse protestors and only firing warning shots when UN personnel or property are under attack”, the UN official briefed.

Some assistance to protect facilities is being received from the Congolese armed forces (FARDC).
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