Switzerland: UNHCR condemns attack on staff in Central African Republic

Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has strongly condemned an attack against its staff and premises that took place on Saturday, 1 July, in the northern town of Kaga Bandoro, in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Armed men entered UNHCR’s premises in Kaga Bandoro around 5 pm local time and looted all goods and money on site, UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told a press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. "Six of our staff members (including 4 UNHCR and 2 UNDP staff) who were present at the time of the incident were robbed of their belongings, including personal items and passports, and threatened at gun point."

Mahecic said since the attack, UNHCR has temporarily relocated staff to the MINUSCA Base in Kaga Bandoro, and will be moving some to Bangui. "We condemn this attack and stand by our staff. The safety of aid workers is of tremendous importance for being able to help civilian populations in desperate need."

In CAR, UNHCR provides protection and assistance to more than 8,600 refugees and 503,000 internal displaced people.
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04 يوليو 2017 09:29:13

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