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The blue helmets have been killed, and one other injured, when their Armoured Personnel Service hit an improvised explosive gadget exterior the city of Douentza, positioned within the Mopti area in central Mali.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, stated the incident additionally marked the sixth time a Mission convoy has been hit since 22 Might.

A ‘very onerous week’

“The Secretary-Common condemns this new assault on our peacekeepers, who, as you realize, are simply fulfilling the mandate in Mali given to them by the Safety Council in extraordinarily difficult situations,” he informed journalists in New York.

The UN chief additionally wished a immediate restoration to the injured peacekeepers.

In a written assertion issued later within the day on Friday, Mr. Dujarric stated the Secretary-Common recalled that assaults concentrating on United Nations peacekeepers might represent conflict crimes below worldwide regulation. The UN chief additionally known as on the transitional authorities in Mali to “spare no effort in figuring out the perpetrators of this assault, in order that they are often delivered to justice swiftly.”

El-Ghassim Wane, head of MINUSMA, took to Twitter to condemn “this new assault by extremist components.” 

In one other submit, he wrote that this has been “a tough, very onerous week for us.” 

‘One other cowardly assault’

On Wednesday, a MINUSMA logistics convoy in Kidal, northern Mali, got here below direct hearth from suspected members of a terrorist group for roughly an hour.  

4 peacekeepers from Jordan have been injured, one in all whom died from his wounds after being evacuated.

The pinnacle of UN Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, additionally tweeted his condemnation for what he known as “but once more one other cowardly assault in opposition to our peacekeepers”

Mr. Lacroix stated “these crimes are a blatant violation of worldwide regulation,” including that they “shall not go unpunished.”

Additionally strongly condemning the assault and echoing the phrases of the UN peacekeeping chief, the members of the UN Safety Council, known as on the transitional Authorities of Mali to swiftly examine the assault in opposition to peacekeepers and convey the perpetrators to justice, and hold the related troop-contributing nation knowledgeable of the progress.

In a press assertion, the Council members underlined that assaults concentrating on peacekeepers might represent conflict crimes below worldwide regulation. They went on to emphasize that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting assaults in opposition to MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a foundation for sanctions designations pursuant to Safety Council resolutions.

Dedication to serve

Mali continues to be among the many most harmful locations to function a peacekeeper.   

MINUSMA – the French acronym for the UN Multidimensional Built-in Stabilization Mission in Mali – was established in April 2013 within the wake of a navy coup and the occupation of the north by radical Islamists. 

The Mission helps political processes and carries out quite a few duties associated to safety and safety of civilians. 

Regardless of the difficult circumstances, MINUSMA personnel proceed their mandated work, the UN Spokesperson stated.

Mr. Dujarric reported that the Mission just lately helped to rehabilitate two bridges within the Mopti area which had been destroyed in earlier assaults. 

The event will carry reduction to the inhabitants, and also will facilitate the resumption of journey, commerce and different financial exercise, together with between Mopti metropolis and the city of Bandiagara, some 65 kilometres to the southeast. 

In the meantime, peacekeepers have assisted folks in two cities within the Kidal and Gao areas, as a part of their ongoing help to communities in northern Mali.  



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