The attack on this convoy which was escorted by the United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) took place in the town of Mambassa, in the territory of Lubero, in the province of North Kivu, UNHCR said in a statement. Press.
The three UNHCR staff received emergency medical assistance on site. They were then brought to safety by the escort and transported to a hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.
“The staff who were injured were traveling in a clearly marked UNHCR vehicle. The team was returning to the town of Béni from the town of Kirumba, in South Lubero, after distributing emergency aid to people already displaced from their homes by violence as well as to vulnerable families in host communities. “, Specified the UN agency.
UNHCR said it was “shocked and outraged” by this attack and called firmly for respect for international humanitarian and human rights law in order to protect civilians and aid workers from violence and to ensure that the perpetrators of these acts are immediately brought to justice.
UN chief condemns attack
UN Secretary-General António Guterres strongly condemns this attack “by suspected Mayi-Mayi elements,” his spokesperson said in a press statement.
“The Secretary-General wishes a speedy and full recovery to injured personnel and emphasizes that attacks on United Nations personnel and aid workers can constitute a war crime. He calls on the Congolese authorities to spare no effort to investigate and ensure that the perpetrators of this unacceptable attack are brought to account quickly, ”he added.
The UN chief reaffirmed his continued support to all humanitarian workers in their efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to the Congolese population.