News in brief 24 February 2015 (AM)

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Displaced by conflict in Central African Republic. Photo: WFP/Djanousede Pardon

Upsurge in CAR violence displaces close to 50,000 people

An upsurge in violence in the Central African Republic has forced the displacement of almost 50,000 people since the start of the year.

That's according to a report released by the UN refugee agency on Tuesday.

This includes an estimated 30,000 who have sought refuge in other parts of the country and more than 19,200 people who have crossed into neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Many were escaping violence associated with seasonal movements of livestock and clashes between herders and the local and agricultural populations with the predominantly Christian anti-Balaka militia.

EU contributes $USD 5.7 million to support Gaza jobs

A new donation of $US 5.7 million to the UN job creation programme in the Gaza Strip has been announced by the European Union, bringing its total contribution to over US$ 19 million.

The programme launched by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will provide three to 12 month job opportunities for more than 16,000 unemployed Palestinian refugees.

According to the agency, the eight-year long Israeli blockade has been a key factor in the unemployment rate of 45.5 per cent, the highest since 2000.

UN visits survivors of ISIL siege in Anbar

Two senior UN officials have visited Iraqi families displaced from Al Baghdadi district in the western province of Anbar on Tuesday.

Lise Grande of the UN humanitarian agency OCHA and Neill Wright of the UN refugee agency UNHCR have promised aid to people fleeing areas under control of the ISIL terrorist group.

Around 200 families were evacuated after Iraqi forces broke the ISIL siege.

They had been living in dire conditions with limited access to clean water, food or medicines. Over 380,000 are currently displaced in Iraq's Anbar province alone.

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