News in Brief 04 February 2015 (AM)

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WFP Warehouse. Photo: WFP

WFP alarmed by images of ISIS distributing its food in Syria.

The World Food Programme (WFP) says it is alarmed by images circulating on social media showing its food boxes bearing labels of the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists.

The UN food agency says it is trying to verify the authenticity of the photographs, where they were taken and the circumstances surrounding this incident.

WFP Spokesperson in Cairo, Dina Elkassaby, says the photographs seem to have been taken in Dayr Hafr in eastern rural Aleppogovernorate.

"We have learned that in September 2014 ISIS raided our partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent warehouses in Dayr Hafr where undistributed food rations may have been stored".

Bahrain urged to release opposition politician

Authorities in Bahrain have been urged by a group of UN independent human rights experts to release Sheikh Ali Salman, an opposition and religious figure.

He was arrested in December 2014 and charged, among other things, with inciting a regime change through non-peaceful means.

Mr. Salman, the Secretary-General of the Al Wefaq National Islamic Society, Bahrain's main opposition party, has been refused bail.

Renewed attacks in Oil Crescent Area of Libya condemned by UN

An attack carried out by armed groups under the Alshuruq Operation in the Oil Crescent area of Libya on Tuesday has been strongly condemned by the UN Mission in the country (UNSMIL).

UNSMIL says the attack, which reportedly caused many casualties, is a major break in the public pledges recently made by the main commanders to refrain from actions that could harm the political process in Libya.

The Mission has urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from taking any action that could further escalate the situation.

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