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21 December 2012 Military News

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  • UN genocide adviser warns of increasing risk of sectarian violence in Syria UN News Centre 21 Dec 2012 -- The United Nations top official on the issue of genocide has warned of the increasing risk of sectarian violence in Syria, and called on all parties to the conflict to refrain from targeting individuals or groups based on religious or ethnic identity.
  • NATO: Syria Fires More Scud Missiles VOA 21 Dec 2012 -- NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces have fired more missiles inside Syria, a move Rasmussen calls an act of a 'desperate regime approaching collapse.'.
  • South Sudan: UN peacekeeping mission's helicopter shot down, killing all crew members UN News Centre 21 Dec 2012 -- A United Nations helicopter has been shot down in eastern South Sudan by the nation's armed forces, killing all four crew members onboard, the world body's peacekeeping operation in the country reported today.
  • Ban and Security Council condemn fatal shooting down of UN helicopter in South Sudan UN News Centre 21 Dec 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting down today of a United Nations helicopter in South Sudan – killing all four crew members onboard – by the country's armed forces and called for those responsible to be held to account, his spokesperson said today.
  • UN envoy deplores attacks against national security forces in Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 21 Dec 2012 -- The United Nations envoy in Côte d'Ivoire has condemned the armed attacks carried out by unidentified individuals against national security forces in and around the commercial capital, Abidjan, this morning.
  • Documented cases of human rights abuse emerge against M23 armed group in DR Congo UN News Centre 21 Dec 2012 -- Newly documented human rights violations in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) include cases of arbitrary executions and rape – among other atrocities – by the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group, the United Nations human rights agency said today.
  • SECURITY: Armed groups sign up to prevent sexual violence IRIN 21 Dec 2012 -- Five Iranian armed groups have become the first to sign up to new covenant aimed at reducing sexual violence in conflict situations, a pledge developed by Geneva-based NGO Geneva Call.
  • China Shores up Territorial Claims VOA 21 Dec 2012 -- China has long had territorial maritime disputes with its Asian neighbors, but over the past year tensions over its claims in the East and South China Sea have seen a dramatic uptick. Beijing is using everything from establishing a new city in the South China Sea to weather reports to take a more assertive stance.
  • UN-African Union peacekeeping mission warns of impact from recent violence in North Darfur UN News Centre 21 Dec 2012 -- Amidst reports of civilian displacement in the wake of air strikes in the Sudanese state of North Darfur, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the region today warned that continued fighting could lead to a "catastrophic humanitarian situation" for the displaced civilians.
  • Plight of Somali boat people must stop, UN expert says after latest Gulf of Aden tragedy UN News Centre 21 Dec 2012 -- An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in Somalia to address the root causes that prompt people to put their lives at risk and flee the country, after 55 Somali refugees and migrants drowned in the latest boat disaster in the Gulf of Aden.
  • Kenya, Somali Refugees Exchange Blame for Attacks VOA 21 Dec 2012 -- A series of grenade attacks in a Somali neighborhood of Nairobi this past year has killed dozens of people and injured more than 100 others. Members of the Somali community living in the area believe the attacks are politically motivated, and accuse the Kenyan government of trying to chase them away from the city.

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