UN calls for end to violence in Congo's outbreak zone

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution Oct. 31, urging all armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo to abide by international law and immediately halt attacks in outbreak zones, according to an update from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota.

The U.N. council's safety measure seeks to "ensure full, safe, immediate and unhindered access for humanitarian and medical personnel, and their equipment, transport and supplies to the affected areas," according to a U.N. news release, cited by CIDRAP.

In the resolution, the U.N. officially condemned attacks by armed groups in the Congo.

The Security Council, which comprises 15 U.N. members, also encouraged the Congolese government and neighboring countries to address political, security, socioeconomic and humanitarian outcomes of the Ebola outbreak and to continue public health response efforts.

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