United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday strongly condemned the attacks against civilians on Sunday in the Gao region in Mali where at least 50 civilians were reportedly killed and several wounded.
Through a statement attributable to his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief “extends his deep condolences to the bereaved families.”
“He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. These deliberate attacks against civilian populations constitute serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law,” said the statement.
The UN Multidimensional Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) sent peacekeepers to the area to protect civilians and has increased its day and night patrolling to deter any further attacks and facilitate the delivery of basic services in the affected area, in coordination with the Malian Defense and Security Forces, according to the statement.
“MINUSMA stands ready to assist the Malian authorities in bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to justice,” it said.