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All warring parties in Syria carrying out “indiscriminate attacks”

All the warring parties in Syria are carrying out “indiscriminate attacks” on civilians according to an independent commission set up by the UN to look into alleged violations of international human rights law in the country.

Five years of civil war in Syria has led to the deaths of over 250,000 people and the widespread destruction of infrastructure.

Millions of Syrians have also fled as refugees.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

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OCHA/Mayanne Munan

Change of tactics for Boko Haram following military push

The outlawed group Boko Haram, which has been terrorizing populations in Nigeria has changed its tactics following recent military successes by the Nigerian authorities; that’s according to the UN’s most senior representative in the West African country.

The government has pledged to defeat Boko Haram by the end of the year, but the group continues to carry out attacks.

Opia Mensah Kumah is the Resident Representative for the UN Development programme (UNDP) in Nigeria.


Terrorists can’t stop us, says UN humanitarian chief in Mali

The terrorists targeting civilians and aid workers in Mali won’t stop the humanitarian effort there.

That’s according to the UN humanitarian coordinator in the north-west African country, Mbaranga Gasarabwe.

She was speaking after extremist gunmen attacked a hotel in the capital Bamako on Friday, killing twenty people, most of whom were foreigners.

There has been an upsurge in attacks on humanitarian workers in Mali, since the signing of a fragile peace accord earlier this year.

UN/Olivier Chassot

#ThanksHealthHero campaign highlights need to protect life-savers

Disturbing details about deliberate attacks on health workers show how important it is to come up with new measures to protect them, the UN said Friday.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and its #ThanksHealthHero hashtag social media campaign, more than 600 health professionals died in direct attacks in 2014, and nearly 1,000 more were injured. This data comes from just 32 countries.