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Ukraine, Somalia, Israel & other topics - Daily…

Ukraine, Somalia, Israel & other topics - Daily Press Briefing

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Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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The strike on the Kramatorsk railway station in eastern Ukraine today, which killed and injured scores of civilians waiting to be evacuated, including many women, children and elderly, and other attacks against civilians and on civilian infrastructure are completely unacceptable. They are a gross violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, for which the perpetrators must be held accountable.

And a quick update on funding for our humanitarian operations in Ukraine: the $1.1 billion Flash Appeal for Ukraine is now 60 per cent funded, having received $677 million so far.

The Secretary-General spoke earlier today via pre-recorded video message to the GAVI COVAX Advance Market Commitment Summit 2022 on the theme “One World Protected - Break COVID Now.” The Secretary-General said that the gathering is a critical reminder that the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, with 1.5 million new cases each day, large outbreaks in Asia, a new wave in Europe and some countries reporting their highest death rates since the start of the pandemic.

Somalia now faces a risk of famine in six areas through June of this year if the rainy season from April to June fails, as it is predicted; if food prices continue to rise; and if humanitarian assistance is not scaled up to reach the most vulnerable populations.

On Ethiopia, the U.N. and humanitarian partners have not been able to move any further aid into Tigray by road since the convoy of some 20 trucks with food and nutrition supplies and one fuel tanker arrived between April 1st and 2nd.

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said he was appalled by another heinous attack yesterday evening in Tel Aviv. His deepest condolences go to the families of the victims, and he wishes a speedy recovery to the injured.

In Cameroon, the UN team, led by Resident Coordinator Matthias Naab, continues to support the authorities’ efforts to address the pandemic and other challenges. To date, more than 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Cameroon through COVAX, with more than 1.3 million people having received at least one dose and over a million people having been fully vaccinated.

Today is International Roma Day, so we say “Opre, Roma!” In a video message, the Secretary-General said that today, we celebrate the rich history of the Roma, Sinti and Travellers. But he added that Roma continue to confront centuries-old prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization.

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