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Seven killed, thousands forced to flee homes as Jihadist attacks resume in Mozambique

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Seven people have been reportedly killed while as many as 10,000 have fled the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique as renewed jihadist attacks resume in parts of the country, the United Nations reports.

According to the UN Refugees Agency, the fresh attacks came a few years after suspected jihadists launched a bloody insurgency in 2017 where more than 4,000 prople were killed, sparking a regional military mission last year that temporarily restored a sense of security.

The report noted that between Monday and Tuesday, four people were beheaded in the remote village of Natupile as terrified residents fled the area.

“People from Natupile took photos, so we know it happened,” Antonio Kalimuka of the UN High Commission on Refugees, said.

On Tuesday, suspected jihadists killed three workers at an Australian-owned graphite mine, Triton Minerals, while two security staff were injured, Kalimuka added in a statement.

“The following day, southern African regional military forces staged an attack on the insurgents in a forest in Macomia district north of Pemba, the provincial capital.

“During the joint operation, terrorists were killed and others suffered severe injuries, while the military forces suffered one death and six injuries,” the UN mission said in a statement.

The total number of displaced  people varies from month to month, but in May it was estimated at more than 730,000 by the U.N. refugee agency.

“Displaced people were witness to killings, beheadings, rape, houses being burned, and abductions, and reported the kidnapping of several boys,” British charity, Save the Children, also said in a statement on the situation, adding that more than 80% of those forced to flee their homes are women and children.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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