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32 peacekeepers killed in malicious attacks in 2022: UN Staff Union

According to the UN Staff Union, at least 32 UN peacekeeping troops were killed in targeted attacks last year, with the Mali operation suffering the most.

32 peacekeepers killed in malicious attacks in 2022: UN Staff Union

United Nations, USA | BAZZUP | According to the UN Staff Union, at least 32 UN peacekeeping troops were killed in targeted attacks last year, with the Mali operation suffering the most.

28 members of the military and 4 members of the police, including a female police officer, were among the 32 dead, according to a news release from the Staff Union.

The mission in Mali, known by its French abbreviation MINUSMA, experienced the most fatalities for the ninth consecutive year, with 14 deaths in 2022. This was followed by 13 deaths from the operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Aitor Arauz, president of the Staff Union, stated that peacekeepers and the civilian staff who work with them are on the front lines of the United Nations’ operations in the most difficult circumstances in the world.

Each intentional assault on UN employees undermines peacekeeping, one of the foundational foundations of the multilateral building, according to Arauz.

The establishment of suitable mechanisms to ensure accountability for these atrocious acts, which may qualify as war crimes under international law, is the obligation of the entire international community.

According to the union, the 32 people killed in 2022 will bring the total number of UN and related personnel killed in intentional attacks over the past 13 years to 494.

These intentional attacks have involved improvised explosive devices, rocket-propelled grenades, artillery fire, mortar rounds, landmines, armed and subsequent ambushes, convoy attacks, suicide attacks, and targeted assassinations.

It said the peacekeepers who died in 2022, by country, were 7 from Egypt, 7 from Pakistan, 4 from Chad, 3 from Bangladesh, 2 from India, 2 from Nigeria, 1 each from Guinea, Ireland, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, Russia and Serbia.

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