Category: Terrorism

Security Council, UN Secretary-General and UN group condemn terror attacks in Egypt

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council condemned the bombings of two Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria, Egypt, which killed at least 41 people and injured more than 100 others. Speaking through his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said that he hoped “the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist act will be swiftly identified and […]

In Baghdad, UN chief Guterres pledges solidarity with Iraqi government and people

Secretary-General António Guterres holds press encounter with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq in Baghdad. UN Photo

On what he called a “visit of solidarity” with Iraq, Secretary-General António Guterres today welcomed the commitment of the country’s leaders to civilian protection and national dialogue, and pledged the ongoing support of the United Nations as the Government seeks to bolster aid delivery to needy populations and rebuild Iraq institutions. “This is a visit […]

Afghanistan: UN mission condemns terrorist attack on Kabul military hospital

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The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has condemned the terrorist attack on a military hospital in Kabul for which the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) claimed responsibility. “This egregious and morally reprehensible attack targeted people at their most vulnerable, while they were receiving treatment in the hospital, and also targeted the medical […]

Alarmed at destruction in Syria’s Palmyra, UN Security Council reiterates need to stamp out hatred and violence espoused by ISIL

Destruction at the World Heritage site of Palmyra in Syria. (file) Photo: ©UNESCO

Amid the destruction of cultural heritage in Syria, including that of the famed tetrapylon and parts of the Roman theatre in Palmyra by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the United Nations Security Council has reiterated that the terrorist group must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence, and hatred it espouses […]

UN agency responding to severe health risks women and girls face amid Mosul military operation

UNFPA distributes dignity kits, containing hygiene items, to preserve the dignity of women and girls fleeing Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNFPA Iraq

The United Nations estimates that 1.2 to 1.5 million people are currently being affected by the military operations underway to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS or Da’esh), some quarter million of which are women who potentially need reproductive health services and care for gender-based violence. Since 17 October, […]