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isil claims responsibility for coordinated attacks in central jakarta. seven are dead, five of them, the attackers. ♪ hello, i'm barbara sarah, you are watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up on the program, attack on turkish security forces, at least six people are killed near a police station. as a second convoy takes aid to madaya, we hear from people who have escaped the besieged syrian town. a damming report says corruption was embedded in world athletic's governing body, and
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its leadership must have known. plus -- ♪ box office hit mad max makes the running with ten oscars nominations. ♪ welcome to the program. isil says it was behind a series of coordinated attacks on the indonesian capitol. seven people were killed including five of the suspects. they struck at the heart of the city where six explosions rocked a busy district. >> reporter: the blast tore through jakarta's downtown area. at least six separate explosions and then gunfire, a multi-pronged attack close to the office of the united nations and a popular shopping mall. >> translator: he was on his own. for about ten minutes he did that mass killing. >> reporter: indonesian
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television has released these pictures of a suspect who was carrying a gun. one bomb is known to have gone off near a starbucks cafe, and a police post was destroyed in one of the blasts. indonesian's president cut short a visit to oversee operations. >> translator: we cannot be afraid. we cannot be defeated by these terror attacks and i urge people to stay calm, because everything is under control. >> reporter: isil has now claimed responsibility for this attack. the police chafe said according to him there is a competition going on among isil for control in southeast asia, and that's why this attack has happened today. the attacks were concentrated around this street, a busy thoroughfare in central jakarta, close to the u.n. offices and presidential palace, the traffic and people which normally clog the streets are gone, replaced
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with heavy security. >> we can go live now to jakarta where we are joined by wayne haye. what details have the police released about who they think these attackers were? >> reporter: not a lot at the moment, other than after the statement that reportedly came out from isil that step mentioned in her story there, that the finger of blame seems to be pointing towards an indonesian national who is believed to have gone to syria sometime ago to join isil, to join that fight. so there is a suspicion that he could have been the one who coordinated this attack while still in syria or iraq, still fighting for isil, so that seems to be the indication. as far as those on the ground who carried out this attack, those five attackers who were
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killed on thursday morning, they seem to have been quite young people, the suspicion is they are from the suburbs of jakarta as opposed to another part of indonesia which might be more strongly linked to islamic fundamentalism, but certainly no identities yet confirmed of those attackers killed on thursday morning. >> these attacks mostly symbolic, but in the center of an area that is the financial heart of jakarta. what is the mood in the town like now? >> reporter: it certainly was bold. you are right. it was the financial heart. many international hotels, people coming for business or tourism purposes would be staying around this area. many shopping malls as well.
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the attack happened partly inside one of those shopping malls. the mood at the moment has just gone midnight here in jakarta, the streets have reopened around the attack site. still the traffic very quiet. usually the traffic can be busy at all hours of the day, but very quiet in that regard. there's quite a few people milling arrange the attack site. the scene itself is being fenced off by the police. still a large police presence in the area. no doubt treating that shopping malaria as a crime scene. but it will be a nervous jakarta for a few days. we are seeing quite a concerted social media campaign with strong messages of strength coming out on social media, similar to what we saw in paris and other cities that have been through situations like this. so messages on social media,
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hashtags, we are not afraid, and brave jakarta. but despite that courage that we are seeing online, certainly will be a nervous city for the next few days i would imagine. >> wayne haye thank you. ♪ six people including a baby and a child have been killed in a bomb blast in southeastern turkey. kurdish rebels are accused of targeting a police station in the province with a truck bomb which brought down a nearby building housing police families. andrew simmons reports. >> reporter: it was an attack on turkish security forces, but here civilians who were asleep in their beds are rescued. one adult and two children were killed when this building next
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door to the police heed quarters collapsed. rescue workered has searched through rubble looking for survivors. those who escaped were in shock. this woman overcome after being guided to safety. daylight showed how devastating the damage has been. this is what remains of the police complex targeted by a pickup truck full of explosives. one officer was killed. the wife of another policeman in a residential part of the building died along with her 5-month-old baby. authorities blame the pkk. strict crew -- cocurfews are now in place. >> translator: i strongly condemn the attack. five civilians were killed and a
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police officer was martyred in the attack. >> reporter: the prime minister says the commitment to what he calls counter terrorism remains steadfast. this datest devastation from the kurdish conflict in which 40,000 people have died in the past three decades shows what turkey is still up against, and it comes less than 48 hours after the isil attack right at the heart of the old city. in turkey right now, no one really feels easy. andrew simmons, al jazeera, istanbul. a second united nations aid convoy has reached madaya in syria. but even as supplies made their way to the area, news came of the death of a 3-month-old baby from malnutrition in a town nearby. a doctor has told al jazeera that four u.n. vehicles have entered madaya and are checking on 400 people in the hospital.
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>> reporter: these two have made it to leb i don't know from duma, one of the many areas under siege in syria. they share the story of what life has become there, and how they escaped. >> translator: we went down into a well, and walked underground. our heart is telling us, we are going to get killed inside. when we got out we took a breath of freedom. we begged for a piece of bread. >> reporter: duma is under siege by government forces and is fwreenthly the target of air strikes. the little aid that does get in is controlled by those running the area who charge money for it. >> translator: last year we got bare i will anything, and what managed to come in was taken by those controlling the area. they gave us cards and the runs running the centers would tell the aid for a price. if you don't have money you die
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from hunger. no one has mercy on anyone. >> reporter: madaya is also on the outskirts of damascus, people there are receiving aid this week after months with nothing. many trucks with aid are bringing supplies to the people there. this brother and sister have been splug led out of madaya and into lebanon, but their father was taken from the car by syrian authorities. >> translator: ma dayia is under siege, we would go for three days without food, then we would go and get grass to just boil and eat it. >> translator: we would actually go randomly to school. but it wasn't really a school. we wouldn't write or read. all of the kids would go starving, their heads spinning, throwing up, no one able to write or read, no one
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comprehending anything. >> reporter: as well 170,000 people held in government-surrounded areas, there are 200,000 people under siege by isil. those who have escaped know just how bad it can get when people don't get supplies. >> translator: our heart is still there. we have kids still under siege and hungry. we know people who sold their homes to just eat. living in the streets in return for food. >> reporter: very few syrians are able to travel to this side of the border in lebanon. the ones that have been able to have escaped from desperate situations, but there are still more than 400,000 syrians living in areas held under siege by all sides in the war. caroline malone, al jazeera, on the syrian, lebanon border. >> reporter: and we're just waiting to here from the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon who has been addressing the general assembly about syria, and is expected to give a statement any time now.
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we'll bring you that live as soon as it happens. first, though, athletics world governing body must have been aware of drugs cheating in russia, but did nothing to stop it according to the second part of an independent report commissioned by the world an anti doping agency. the former president also stands accused of organizing and enabling conspiracy and corruption within the governing body. although the head of the commission has backed the current president sebastian coe. >> reporter: i think this is a fabulous opportunity for the iaaf to seize this opportunity and under strong leadership to -- to move forward out of this. there's an enormous amount of reputational recovery that has to occur here, and i can't -- i
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can't think of anyone better than lord coe to lead that. still to come in this half hour, as the world health organization declares the end of the ebola outbreak, we meet the men who's lives were destroyed by the epidemic. and in need of emergency care, guatemala's health surfaces its worst crisis in history. gl
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♪ welcome back. here is a reminder of the top story on al jazeera. isil fighters have launched a series of bomb blasts in the
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center of the indonesian capitol. let me take you straight now to the united nations. that is the secretary general ban ki-moon. let's listen. >> -- my outreach over the attacks in indonesia and turkey, and my condolences to the victims and people of those two countries. ladies and gentlemen, i have just briefed the secretary general on action we must take in the coming year. let me reiterate the points. first we must get off to a fast start in implementing the two achieves of 2015. the [ inaudible ] agenda for social economic goals and the paris agreement on climate change. both are triumphs of
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multi-lateralism. now we have to bring them to life for every person in every country. second, we must breech the divisions that have september the syrians in agony, plunged yepmen into darkness, and help to spawn violent extremism. perhaps nothing more urgently reflects the need to act than the scenes from madaya in syria. in a country that has already reached [ inaudible ] the suffering there is [ inaudible ]. the scenes that haunt us all, the eld derly and children who are little more than skin and bones. they could barely walk and utterly desperate for the sli t
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slightest morsel. many hundreds of people are in such a dire state that they require immediate medical attention. including flew possible evacuation. we are working to get medical teams and mobile clinics on the ground right away. i want to make a special plea for those in besieged areas of syria. outside they are being held hostage, but it is even worse, hostages get fed. these children and women and men are struggling to survive without food or medicine. it has never been easy for the united nations and its partners to reach these in such desperate need. but the situation is getting
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worse. today almost 400,000 people are besieged in syria, roughly half in areas controlled by daesh. 180,000 in areas controlled by the syrian government and its allies, and some 12,000 in areas controlled by opposition armed groups. in 2014 the u.n. partners were able to deliver food to about 5% of people in besieged areas. today we are reaching less than 1%. this is utterly unconscionable. along with food, the people we have encountered want answers. who cares our lives? where is the international community? who will speak for us?
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let me be clear, the use of starvation as a weapon of war is a war crime. all sides, including syrian government, which has the primary responsibility to protect syrians, are committing this and other atrocious acts prohibited under international humanitarian law. states in the region and beyond that can make a difference must press the parties for us is contained and unimpeded humanitarian access throughout syria. i speak specifically about members of the international syrian support group. although other measures are needed, such as the immediate end to the use of indiscriminate weapons in civilian areas, including through shelling and air strikes by any of the
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parties involved militarily in syria. no cause can justify the toll in civilian lives, and destroy the schools, clinics, and markets, that we continue to register around the country every day. this is [ inaudible ] to the credibility of the renewed political process. my special envoy will continue to work towards convening the talks on 25th of january. let me say a few wores about the crisis in yemen. in recent days we have seen intensified air strikes, ground fighting and shelling. we also have worrying reports of cluster munitions attacks on sana'a, which again could constitute a war crime.
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my special envoy was in riyadh as abu dhabi last week, he is now in yemen to continue consultation with the parties for confidence building measures and a new round of u.n. sponsored talks. the renewal of talks, and a ceasefire and renewed humanitarian aid are crucial. finally i would like to reit at it my concern about the situation in burundi. violence could deepen in the country and spill across borders. government must take steps to build the confidence, including releasing prisoners, and lifting restrictions on civil society. in that regard, i welcome and command the visit of the
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security council next week as well as the efforts of the african union. we must do all we can to break the political impass and avoid a humanitarian catastrophe. i thank you. >> reporter: secretary general you just you believe what happened in madaya was a war crime. do you believe the security council should refer this to the international criminal court? and on the meeting of the 25th should at the top of the agenda be trying to get access to these besieged places? >> it's up to security council now. security council has taken very important resolution on december 18th last year, 2254. that was the unity and solidarity security council members particularly permanent members have shown their political will to see there must be a political solution.
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and if and when there is a political solution is established, then there will be naturally, much, much easier way for us to deliver humanitarian assistance. in that regard, i leave it to security council members to determine and take the necessary measures, actions on this war crimes, and when this meeting is held on january 15th, i think in addition to and in parallel to political negotiation is how to deliver the humanitarian assistance without any impediment should be discussed. this is a very important confidence building measures, which i have discussed yesterda
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yesterday. >> that was the undersecretary general ban ki-moon answers a question friday james bayes who asked him that he was going to refer the parties to the international criminal court, and ban ki-moon implied that would be up to the security council. ban ki-moon speaking strongly about the towns in syria, as we have been seeing over the past few days where people there have been starved, he mentioned the undeniable suffering of the people. and he mentioned that the u.n. had been deliver food to about 5% of people in 2014, and now they are reaching less than 1% of the people there. let's cross live now to beirut in lebanon, and speak to
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caroline malone. caroline of course you have done so many pieces from the many refugee camps around lebanon, and the people that will get are the lucky ones, because many of the people still in syria as we have been seeing are literally being starved to death. what did you make of the strong words from ban ki-moon? >> reporter: well, we're absolutely seeing from the people that we speak to, the kind of horrible situations that people are suffering from in syria. in the last two days we have met two families in particular, a couple who have come from duma. they had to sneak here in tunnels. they thought they were going to die along the way. they were allowed in, because the husband is older and has a heart problem. so they were allowed through the border that is mainly closed to syrians now.
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but they spoke to us about some of the scenes in duma, and said they have had no food for months. then of course we have heard a lot about madaya, because there has been aid delivered to madaya this week, the director of operations was speaking from the u.n. earlier today as well, and he has been saying that the gap between the kind of needs that -- the humanitarian needs that people have in syria right now and they are actually getting is bigger than ever, five years on. we're talking about basic things, things like food, any kind of medicine, there are no medics. there is apparently one medic in madaya, when the convoy arrived and the medic saw them, he was in tears because of such relief. today in fact, there are 400 people in a hospital who are
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suffering from symptoms as a result of not getting enough food. things like malnutrition. illnesses effect the organs because they are not getting enough food. and the aid deliveries that have gotten in, it's only enough to last 40,000 people for one month. so while it's great that they are getting aid, it's definitely a short-term fix, and as ban ki-moon was saying, something has to be done to help the 400,000 people who are still under siege in different parts of syria. >> it took a long time to negotiate even this delivery. from the people that you do speak to, psychologically how damaging is the idea of a seenl? because obviously we have seen a lot of killing in syria, but much does it weigh on their mind that wherever they are, they could be blocked in for heaven
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knows how long? >> reporter: well, we -- we have met some children recently as well, and the scarring is very clear in their faces. two children actually who had escaped from madaya in the last week or so. some of their family is still stuck there. and when they came in a car that was part of a smuggling group, their father was taken from the car. so they were very upset that their father has been taken. you could see in their faces the kind of suffering they had been through, the boy who was 13 years old, talked about how he had been attending schools in madaya, but really there was no school because none of the children were able to concentrate. they hadn't eaten for so long, that it meant the schooling was worthless. his younger sister was barely
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able to talk to us. she has phases of being blank because she was clearly so upset about having to talk about the experience she had just had. you can only imagine then if these are the children who are getting to lebanon, what it must be like for those still inside in places like madaya, and idlib, it's a huge amount of psychological scarring that people must be having at the moment, as well as of course that desperate need to get food and other aid. >> caroline malone in beirut. thank you. and now let's go straight live back to the united nations where we can speak to our diplomatic editor, james bayes. james you asked ban ki-moon that question about called starvation a war crime, whether that meant that the perpetrators could be sent to the international criminal