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Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary General - DRC, Libya

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

And from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN peacekeeping mission there (MONUSCO) reports that suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) elements launched an attack on Friday evening in the area of Boikene, close to Beni in North Kivu Province. One civilian was reportedly wounded, and two homes and a civilian vehicle were destroyed. A member of the Indian Formed Police Unit stationed there was also lightly wounded.

The UN Mission and the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) have increased security measures in the Beni area, including around hotels occupied by UN personnel and humanitarian workers who are focused on the Ebola response, and they have also expanded their support of police operations in the Beni area.

The Mission also reports that memorial services were held over the weekend for the Malawian and Tanzanian peacekeepers who were killed last week during an operation against the ADF in the Beni area.

And the World Health Organization (WHO), for its part, says that following the attacks on Friday in Beni, all activities related to the Ebola response were relaunched yesterday, and that includes vaccinations, which are continuing. The treatment centres, which are run by partners, also remain operational.


And our humanitarian colleagues in Libya report that a joint United Nations inter-agency visit to Tawergha and Misrata on 14 and 15 November found a high level of destruction to houses and infrastructure as well as protection risks, including unexploded ordinances.

Most Tawerghans remain displaced, living in urban settings and in more than 26 poorly resourced camps throughout Libya where humanitarian conditions have reportedly deteriorated. Leishmaniasis — a disease transmitted by the bite of certain type of sandflies — is a major concern with very limited or no treatment available.

The humanitarian community will mobilize to address the people’s most urgent needs, while engaging with authorities and development partners to ensure that durable solutions are promoted, allowing for voluntary, safe and dignified returns.