United Nations published this video item, entitled “Attack against UN Mission in Mali & other topics – Daily Briefing (1 June 2021)” – below is their description.
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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Global Day of Parents
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Today, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, visited the Gaza Strip, in the context of maintaining calm. He is continuing his engagements on political and recovery efforts.
The Special Coordinator remains in close contact with all relevant parties, including the Palestinian and Israeli leadership, on how to move forward on the political file.
Meanwhile, our colleagues from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report that the Erez crossing is open for authorized international personnel. However, it remains closed to Palestinian humanitarian workers and to medical cases. We are, of course, very concerned that the closure, especially on the medical end, and advocacy continues to allow patients requiring urgent medical treatment in the West Bank to cross through Erez.
We understand there are a number of permits that have been filed for for patients, Palestinian patients have not been able to come in.
Regarding two other crossings: the Kerem Shalom crossing is open today for the passage of humanitarian and commercial goods. That latest figures I have areum from yesterday, where 150 trucks crossed, bringing food, animal fodder and other assistance into the Gaza strip. The Rafah crossing – in the south between Egypt and Gaza – is also open for the crossing of goods and people.
Turning to Mali, the UN Mission in Mali reports that earlier today, its premises were targeted by unidentified assailants in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region. Preliminary reports from the ground describe a complex attack against a number of UN Mission locations in Aguelhok, and that attack involved indirect mortar and small arms fire. UN peacekeepers retaliated, forcing the assailants to flee. No casualties or material damage have been reported on the UN side.
Separately, the UN Mission continues to closely monitor political developments in the country. We have taken note of the communiqué issued at the end of Sunday’s Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and we reiterate our commitment to work with ECOWAS and the African Union towards a return to constitutional order through the holding of free and transparent elections.
The Mission said it is imperative, as stressed by ECOWAS, that the timetable for the transition be respected and that it is concluded within the 18-month deadline agreed with ECOWAS, and in accordance with the charter of the transition.
To achieve this goal, the Mission says it is important that the new government, headed by a civilian prime minister, be inclusive and enjoy the broadest possible support.
The UN peacekeeping mission joins ECOWAS in reiterating the demand for the immediate lifting of the house arrest measures to which certain individuals are still subjected to, as well as for the immediate and unconditional release of aides and staff.
We will continue to provide unwavering support for the people of Mali as the country continues to pursue its efforts to combat insecurity, support the implementation of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, and help stabilize the country, in line with the UN peacekeeping mission’s mandate in the country.
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