A demonstration took place this morning in Kidal.
At around 10 a.m., demonstrators broke into the airport compound - a restricted area - ransacking and setting fire to security facilities.
Kidal’s airstrip is essential for supply of humanitarian aid, support for local communities, as well as operations for MINUSMA and its partners.
Some media have reported casualties among the demonstrators; this information is currently being verified.
MINUSMA is in contact with Malian authorities, local community and civil society leaders in order to ease tensions and understand the circumstances of the events which escalated this morning.
MINUSMA is to seamlessly communicate on this event later.