On April 21 local time, UN Secretary General Guterres issued a statement expressing strong condemnation of the attack on a vehicle transporting samples of the new coronavirus surveillance that occurred on April 20 in Rakhine State, Myanmar. During the attack, a WHO staff member was killed and another government official was seriously injured. Guterres expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
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According to the British BBC News reported on the 21st, the driver’s name is Pyae Sone Win Maung. At the age of 28, he was driving a vehicle with a distinctive UN logo when he was shot in Rakhine State.
The BBC quoted the United Nations as saying that in recent weeks, dozens of civilians have been killed in a conflict between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the local armed group Arakan Army.
According to BBC reports, both the Myanmar military and the Rakhine army denied that the driver was killed. Major General Tun Tun Nyi, a spokesman for the Myanmar Armed Forces, said that his forces had no reason to attack United Nations vehicles. These people were “working for us and our country”.
Regarding the murder of the driver, the United Nations Office in Myanmar stated that they were deeply saddened by the murder of the 28-year-old driver. The agency did not disclose which party is responsible for the matter.
Guterres called for a comprehensive and transparent investigation of the incident and brought the perpetrators to justice.
Relevant UN parties confirmed in a statement on the 21st that a World Health Organization staff member was killed while driving a vehicle carrying samples of the new coronavirus in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. According to the statement, WHO drivers were driving a clear-label United Nations vehicle from Sittwe to Yangon, with the assistance of the Ministry of Health and Sports to deliver surveillance samples of the new coronavirus. At present, relevant parties are looking for further information on their deaths.
Earlier, according to information from the Myanmar government, a vehicle that transported laboratory samples of suspected cases of new coronary pneumonia from Rakhine State was hit by ethnic armed attacks in the town of Minbia on April 20 local time, and two staff members were injured, including The treatment passed away on the 21st and died. The attacked vehicles have obvious UN and WHO logos.
According to news, UNICEF has issued a statement recently calling on many countries, including Myanmar, to stop the armed conflict in the country and jointly respond to the epidemic, especially to prevent children from being unable to protect the epidemic due to armed conflict.