News in Brief 11 March 2015 (AM)

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Medical supplies being loaded onto trucks. Photo: UNICEF/Sulaiman Stephens (file)

Medical supplies delivered to Libya

A quarter of a million people in Libya are to benefit from what have been described as "critical" medical supplies that have been delivered by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The supplies will allow hospitals in several Libyan cities to treat patients requiring care for trauma injuries and other basic health interventions.

Libya has been embroiled in factional fighting since Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown nearly four years ago.

Côte d'Ivoire urged to focus on justice for victims

Authorities in Côte d'Ivoire have been urged by the UN human rights chief to focus on justice for victims of serious abuses that occurred before and during the 2011 conflict in the country.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein made the appeal in the wake of Tuesday's guilty verdicts against supporters of former President Laurent Gbagbo.

Eighty-three people were charged with offences against the state and its institutions.

Mr. Gbagbo plunged the West African country into a crisis after he refused to accept defeat in 2010 presidential elections.

Japan to provide 18 ambulances for displaced people in Iraq

The government of Japan has announced a grant of US$ 1.54 million for 18 ambulances to provide emergency health services to displaced people in Iraq's Kurdistan Region.

The grant has been made through the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

According to UNOPS, the influx of more than one million internally displaced people into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq since the beginning of 2014 has overwhelmed the fragile health system in the country's three northern governorates.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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