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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

UN chief monitoring Zimbabwe developments

The UN Secretary-General has called for "continued calm" in Zimbabwe in the wake of recent developments.

The country's leader, President Robert Mugabe, who has been in power for nearly four decades, was placed under house arrest by the army earlier this week.

UN chief António Guterres is closely following the situation.

Here's UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, speaking to reporters in New York on Thursday.

"The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Zimbabwe and calls for continued calm. He underlines the importance of resolving political differences through peaceful means, including through dialogue and in conformity with the country's Constitution. The Secretary-General welcomes the efforts initiated by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to facilitate a peaceful solution to the situation. He remains in contact with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and regional leaders in support of such efforts. The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations' commitment to continuing to support Zimbabwe's national efforts to consolidate democratic governance."

Terrorist attack in Afghanistan condemned

A suicide bomb attack at a political rally in Afghanistan on Thursday has been condemned by the head of the UN mission in the country, UNAMA.

At least nine people, including one child, were killed and 16 other injured in the incident, which occurred in a square in the capital, Kabul.

UNAMA chief Tadamichi Yamamoto described it as an act of terror and a serious violation of humanitarian law.

"At a time when Afghanistan is facing so many challenges, and with so many Afghans yearning for peace, such attacks simply cannot be justified," he said in a statement, adding that "

"The use of explosive weapons in civilian-populated areas must stop, without exception," the statement continued.

UN agencies responding to needs in Iran-Iraq following deadly earthquake

UN agencies continue to support Iran and Iraq in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the border area between the two countries on Sunday evening.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that it has airlifted trauma kits and medical supplies to Kermanshan province in Iran to help treat thousands of people injured in the quake.

The supplies can provide surgical care for up to 4,000 trauma patients.

Meanwhile, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said it has reached all affected areas in Iraq with some form of assistance.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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