This is the news in brief from the United Nations.
UN mission condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Afghanistan
The United Nations peace mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, has condemned the terrorist attack, Monday, in the nation’s capital, Kabul, in an area heavily populated by civilians.
According to media reports, at least 40 people are said to have died and many more were injured during the suicide and bomb attack which targeted a government building.
Tadamichi Yamamoto, the head of the UN mission, underscored that there was “no justification whatsoever for such attacks.”
“These attacks cause untold human suffering to Afghan families,” he said, stressing that the UN continues to stand in solidarity with all Afghans.
He added that the Organization remains committed to an Afghan-led peace process that will end the ongoing war and enable the Government to allocate more resources to protect all its citizens from such atrocities.
Indonesia tsunami response
UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has stepped up efforts to help families affected by the devastating tsunami that hit the Indonesian coast around the Sunda Strait between the two main islands of Java and Sumatra on Saturday.
UNICEF is providing bed-nets, school sanitation kits – which include towels, soaps, buckets and sanitary pads – as well as technical assistance on nutrition and child protection following the disaster.
According to the UN relief wing, OCHA, based on government figures, 430 people have died, 1,495 injured, and 149 missing, as of Wednesday.
An estimated 22,000 people have been displaced.
Indonesia’s meteorological agency has warned that a new tsunami could be triggered by the Anak Krakatau volcano, where seismic activity caused undersea landslides that led to the disaster.
Authorities are alerting people to stay up to one kilometre away from coastal areas .
The UN and humanitarian partners have offered to support the Government-led response and are in close communication with national authorities to fully understand the situation in the affected areas and provide whatever help is needed.
Wednesday, also marks 14 years since the deadly 26 December Indian Ocean tsunami, one of the worst disasters in modern history, that claimed over 230,000 lives in 14 countries; with Indonesia being the hardest hit.
UN mission condemns terrorist attack in Libya
The UN Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL, has condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attack on the nation’s foreign ministry in Tripoli.
In a statement, the mission expressed its deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
It reaffirmed that attacks on state institutions constitutes an attack on all Libyans.
Ghassan Salamé, the head of UNSMIL, denounced the attack, underscoring that terrorism will “not triumph over the Libyans’ decision to move forward towards building their state and renouncing violence.”
“We will not accept any attack on a state institution, especially one committed by a terrorist group,” he added.
According to media reports, the terrorist group ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the attack, Salamé contacted the Government of National Accord to denounce the terrorist act, offer his condolences and call on them to enhance their protection of public institutions.
Vibhu Mishra, United Nations.