News in Brief 13 April 2015 (PM)

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A family displaced by conflict in northern Yemen eats lunch in Al Mazraq, Hajjah. Photo: OCHA (file)

Thousands of families displaced in Yemen, lacking basic services

More than 120,000 people are estimated to have been displaced in Yemen since airstrikes by an Arab coalition started against Houthi rebels in March; that's according to the UN.

The UN humanitarian office, OCHA, reported that the conflict has made it hard for people to get food.

It gave the closing of all bakeries in Aden as one example.

In addition, landlines and cell phone networks are no longer working in some parts of Aden, Abyan and Al Dhale’e.

New round of UN-facilitated talks in Libya

A new round of UN-facilitated talks with Libya's political leaders and activists has begun in Algeria.

The UN Support Mission for the country, UNSMIL, said the dialogue is an opportunity for Libyans to put their country back on the road to stability and prosperity.

At the opening of the talks, the Secretary-General's Special Representative Bernardino León said that the resumption of talks sends a strong message that the loss of more civilian lives would not be tolerated.

Continuing trend of high civilian casualties in Afghanistan

High civilian casualties are continuing in Afghanistan, according to the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA.

The mission says that during the first three months of the year, the number of people who died or were injured from fighting on the ground rose by 8 per cent compared to the same period in 2014.

The number of women and children casulaities has also surpassed the unprecedented levels recorded in 2014.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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