News in Brief 17 April 2015 (PM)

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UNRWA distributes life-saving assistance to displaced civilians from Yarmouk in Yalda © 2015 UNRWA Photo

US$30m requested for Palestinian refugee camp

An immediate injection of US$30 million to provide life-sustaining assistance to civilians in the Yarmouk refugee camp is being requested by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

18,000 people, including 3,500 children, are besieged in the camp south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, as fighting continues around them.

Here's UN spokesperson, Eri Kaneko.

"Over the past days, UNRWA has significantly expanded its response in areas neighbouring Yarmouk, where civilians from Yarmouk have sought shelter. It adds that despite intermittent distributions of aid, the situation in Yarmouk is one of extraordinary misery."

Aid provided to 25,000 displaced people in Iraq

An estimated 25,000 people have fled central Ramadi District in Iraq, because of military operations launched last week, according to UN aid agencies and local authorities.

Initial emergency aid, including food, water, mattresses and hygiene items has been provided to recently displaced families.

Medical organizations have been mobilized to provide mobile health clinics in Baghdad and other areas to which people have fled.

Iraq remains unstable as it continues to fight the terrorist ISIL group.

Deadly attack condemned in Democratic Republic of the Congo

A deadly attack on civilians in Matiba, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has been condemned by the Head of the UN Mission in the country, Martin Kobler.

Eighteen people were reportedly killed and six others injured during the assault on Wednesday.

It's thought the killings were carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces.

Mr Kobler said he was deeply shocked by the incident.

He added it was absolutely necessary that the Congolese Army and the UN resume their cooperation to avoid a deterioration of the security situation.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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