On January 16, local time, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres issued a statement through a spokesperson, strongly condemning the attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali near a village and town in the Kidal region of Mali on January 15. One Egyptian peacekeeper died and another was seriously injured. Guterres expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and the Egyptian people and government in his statement. He hoped that the injured peacekeepers would recover as soon as possible. Guterres emphasized that attacking UN peacekeepers may constitute a war crime. The United Nations will spare no effort to support the Malian authorities to identify and quickly bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice. In 2012, a terrorist organization took control of the main towns in the north of the country. The following year, MINUSMA was announced. Since then, the security situation in Mali has improved with the efforts of the United Nations mission, national security forces and international partners. However, attacks on civilians and peacekeepers have continued, and MINUSMA remains the most dangerous peacekeeping operation of the United Nations. As of December 2020, 231 civilian, military and police personnel of MINUSMA have died in the line of duty, of which 134 have been killed by malicious acts, and 358 have been seriously injured. Just three days ago, four peacekeepers from MINUSMA just died in an attack by unidentified militants, and five others were injured.
Mali Peacekeeping Convoy Encounters Another Attack, The UN Strongly Condemns
- Jan 18, 2021-