"The inability of UNMISS to protect civilians threatens to undermine any attempts at safety and security in the country and makes it impossible for humanitarian agencies to provide the help that is so urgently needed," Frederick McCray, South Sudan Country Director at charity CARE, said at the time.
UNITED NATIONS – The Palestinians and their supporters are asking the U.N. General Assembly to adopt a resolution seeking investigations into events in Gaza and recommendations to ensure the protection of Palestinian civilians. The move follows the U.S. veto of a Kuwait-sponsored resolution on June 1 asking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report on ways to protect Palestinian civilians including an "international protection mechanism." Palestinian U.N. Ambassador Riyad Mansour and Arab and Islamic representatives met Friday with Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak to officially request a meeting to vote on a non-binding resolution. Mansour said "most likely" the 193-member world body will be next Wednesday. Last December, the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to demand that President Donald Trump renounce his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital after the U.S. vetoed a similar measure.
The U.N. human rights office has called on the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes on Mosul to minimize civilian casualties, saying at least 300 people have been killed since mid-February including 140 from a single March 17 airstrike incident on a house. The U.N. says IS militants are using human shields and setting a trap for the coalition.