Mali – Conflict, impact on civilians, humanitarian access (DG ECHO, DG ECHO partners, UN) (ECHO Daily Flash of 22 August 2023)

  • The security situation in northern and central Mali remains precarious. Clashes between non-state armed groups continue to impact civilians, the latest in Menaka on 20 August causing 3 civilian casualties.
  • Several security incidents were registered during mid-August in Timbuktu region. A blockade has been imposed in Timbuktu city and its over 35,000 inhabitants by a NSAG which will have serious humanitarian consequences if continued over time. A number of NGOs have suspended their activities for the next days.
  • Insecurity is further limiting humanitarian access across the country. Beyond Timbuktu region access restrictions have also impacted Bandiagara, Douentza, and Gao axis, central Mali. In Menaka, in northern Mali, only a quarter of the region is accessible to humanitarian actors while humanitarian needs remain high. The provision and stocking of humanitarian inputs is limited due to security constraints.
  • All this is happening while the withdrawal of MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali) is ongoing and should be completed by 31 December 2023.

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