UN: UN relief officer concerned over attacks on aid vehicles in CAR

New York, US (PANA) - The interim UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic (CAR), Dr. Michel Yaa, has condemned an armed attack on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as "Doctors Without Borders", convoy transporting medicines and fuel from the capital, Bangui, to the south-eastern city of Bangassou on 17 June.

A UN statement obtained late on Monday by PANA in York, noted that the head of the convoy was killed.

Dr. Yao noted the highly precarious nature of relief work in the country and said that the humanitarian workers provided life-saving assistance to alleviate the suffering of people affected by the crisis.

He also stated that, such events hindered aid delivery to those in urgent need, and proved the crucial need to ensure the protection of civilians and to respect and protect humanitarian workers in compliance with International Humanitarian Law. He recalled that, on 18 May, a driver employed by MSF was killed in another attack near Bossangoa, located in the north-west of the country.

The UN relief officer expressed condolences to the families of the deceased, and called for an investigation into the attacks and for the perpetrators to be held accountable. He said the humanitarian community in the country remained fully committed to deliver vital assistance to all those in need.
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21 june 2016 07:13:27

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