Seven UN peacekeepers, 28 UN civilians killed in 2009

Other News Materials 6 January 2010 02:38 (UTC +04:00)

Seven troops serving in UN peacekeeping operations and at least 28 civilians were killed in 2009 as a result of violent acts, the UN Staff Union said Tuesday, dpa reported.

Six of the seven peacekeepers were killed in three separate incidents in Sudan's Darfur region, while the seventh death was that of the deputy force commander of the UN mission in Darfur, who was gunned down while on holiday in his country, Pakistan.

Of the UN civilian deaths, 18 were killed while on duty in Pakistan and Afghanistan and five who worked for the UN relief organization UNRWA were killed during the Israeli-Hamas conflict in the Gaza Strip last year.

"Once again, UN personnel had to pay with their lives for their effort to assist populations in distress," said Stephen Kisambira, president of union.

A total of 34 UN personnel were killed while on mission in 2008, compared to 42 deaths in 2007, which included 17 deaths when terrorists bombed the UN office in Algiers.