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COVID-19: A ‘new and deadly threat’ for civilians caught up in violence

New York/IBNS: Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is “amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world”.

Attacks on civilians, arbitrary arrests, top list of abuses in Libya: ICC Prosecutor

New York/IBNS: Unabated violence, particularly in and around the Libyan capital, has now been raging for more than a year, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the Security Council in a virtual briefing on Tuesday, warning that war crimes may have been committed.

Sudan: UN chief calls for ‘positive momentum’ as civilian rule talks stall between military and opposition

New York, May 17 (IBNS):The UN Secretary-General has commended the progress made so far between Sudan’s military leaders and opposition forces towards agreeing a timetable for a return to civilian rule, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir just over a month ago.

Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border

New York, July 6 (IBNS): The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed on Thursday for Jordan to open its border with south-west Syria to help protect around 750,000 civilians who are “caught in the crossfire”, amidst airstrikes and heavy shelling.

UN condemns attack on civilians in north-east Nigeria

Denouncing an attack on civilians in Nigeria’s restive north-east region, a senior United Nations humanitarian official has called on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and ensure the protection of civilians.

Civilians in war-torn Yemen ‘under fire on all sides’ – UN rights chief

New York, Feb 13 (JEN): The situation in Taizz governorate – located in south-west Yemen – is of particular concern.

Yemen: Raging violence displaces more than 85,000 civilians, says UN refugee agency

New York, Feb 10 (JEN): Surging violence across Yemen has resulted in the displacement of more than 85,000 people in just the last 10 weeks, the United Nations refugee agency reported Friday.

Humanitarian diplomacy ‘getting nowhere’ in Syria warns UN special adviser

New York, Feb 2 (JEN): Civilians in Syria’s besieged areas have not seen a single convoy of humanitarian aid arrive for a full two months, a senior United Nations adviser said on Thursday, lamenting that diplomatic efforts appear “totally impotent,” and that hundreds of lives are being lost as a result.

Civilians who fled Mosul still vulnerable, need assistance – UN official

New York, Oct 14(Just Earth News): One year since the start of the military campaign to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator said hundreds of thousands of people are vulnerable and still need assistance.

Civilians pay ‘very heavy price’ amid unfolding violence in western Central African Republic – UN

New York, Sept 27(Just Earth News): Since the beginning of September, the humanitarian situation in western Central African Republic (CAR) has deteriorated as armed groups have taken over several localities – particularly Bocaranga and Niem – which has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush where they cannot access aid, the United Nations relief wing reported on Monday.

Civilians pay ‘very heavy price’ amid unfolding violence in western Central African Republic – UN

New York, Sept 27(Just Earth News): Since the beginning of September, the humanitarian situation in western Central African Republic (CAR) has deteriorated as armed groups have taken over several localities – particularly Bocaranga and Niem – which has forced thousands of people to flee into the bush where they cannot access aid, the United Nations relief wing reported on Monday.

Syria: UN adviser warns trapped civilians face greater risks as Raqqa fighting intensifies

New York, Aug 30(Just Earth News): The United Nations adviser on the prevention of genocide on Wednesday expressed deep concern at the deteriorating situation of up to 25,000 civilians trapped in Syria's Raqqa, noting that civilians are used as human shields in this de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorist group under intense bombardment.

'Civilians are Not a Target,' says UN chief on World Humanitarian Day

New York, Aug 20(Just Earth News): On World Humanitarian Day, the United Nations and its partners are calling on all global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict, and to stand with the health and aid workers who risk their lives to help them.

With devastating impact on civilians, conflict is 'major cause of famine' – UN Security Council

New York, Aug 9(Just Earth News): Expressing its grave concern about the threat of famine facing some 20 million people in conflict-affected Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday requested the Secretary-General to provide early warning when a conflict could lead to famine.