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Noon Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
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News received from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), where, earlier today, a peacekeeper from Rwanda was killed when his unit came under attack by members of an unidentified armed group. When the unit was attacked, the peacekeepers were on patrol providing a protective presence around the town of Sam-Ouandja, in the Haute Kotto Prefecture.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Force Intervention Brigade wrapped up a month-long operation which was conducted jointly with the Congolese Armed Forces in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu, and that was meant to deter threats against civilians and prevent further expansion of armed groups, including the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

On deliveries of goods to north-west Syria: Today, 79 trucks moved through the Bab al-Hawa crossing. They were carrying humanitarian supplies from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Another 19 trucks loaded with aid went through the Bab Al-Salam crossing.

Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, yesterday, civilians were killed and injured while receiving humanitarian aid in yet another attack on the front lines of Orikhiv in the Zaporizhzhia region, in the south-east of Ukraine. As confirmed by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, four civilians were killed in the attack. Efforts to verify reports of further civilian casualties are continuing. The attack destroyed a drinking water distribution point installed and maintained by a partner of the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, which is administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths, is in Addis Ababa, where he was invited by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa to take part in its Quartet Heads of State and Government meeting on Sudan. They discussed how to address challenges in providing humanitarian aid to people in need, both inside Sudan and in neighbouring countries hosting those fleeing the ongoing fighting in Sudan

This morning the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, briefed Security Council members on the situation there. He said that, despite the expiry of the truce, the Yemenis continue to feel the benefits from the longest period of relative calm since the beginning of the conflict, and that this period of relative calm has opened the door for serious discussions with Yemeni actors on the way forward toward ending the conflict.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, spoke about the status of the FSO Safer Operation. He noted that since the salvage ship Endeavor arrived next to the Safer site on 30 May, and the salvage company contracted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has done everything possible to stabilize the decaying Safer tanker and prepare it for the removal of a million barrels of crude oil.
The Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN there, Lynn Hastings, visited the Jenin refugee camp on Saturday, joined by representatives of a number of Member States. Our humanitarian partners have concluded an initial damage assessment following last week’s operation by Israeli forces, indicating that 460 housing units were damaged in and around the camp. Of these, 70 housing units were destroyed or otherwise rendered uninhabitable. At least 40 families remain displaced.
Ulrika Richardson, in Haiti, strongly condemns rising violence against medical staff and facilities in and around the capital Port-au-Prince and the rest of the country. The humanitarian community calls on all parties involved in attacks on health care to immediately cease all forms of violence against the population and humanitarian infrastructure, while also urging respect for the neutrality of healthcare facilities and their staff.

I am very pleased to announce the UN Secretary-General has appointed Marc-André Franche of Canada as the new Resident Coordinator for Sri Lanka.

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, otherwise known as the HLPF, started today and will go on until next Wednesday, 19 July. The meeting will also support the midterm review of the SDGs and the preparations of the SDG Summit in September.

We just got fresh payments to the regular budget, from Paraguay

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