News in Brief 20 April 2015 (PM)

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Yarmouk camp, Syria. UN Photo (file)

Security Council deeply concerned about situation in Yarmouk camp in Syria

The 15 Members of the UN Security Council have expressed their deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

ISIL terrorists recently took over more than half of the camp and fighting has been continuing with Palestinan refugees trapped inside and unable to get help.

The Security Council President in April is Ambassador Dina Kawar of Jordan.

"The Members of the Security Council called for unhindered humanitarian access to the Yarmouk Camp and for the protection of civilians inside the Camp." (08")

Over 90,000 people fleeing conflict get assistance in Anbar Governorate in Iraq

Humanitarian agencies in Iraq are rushing to provide assistance to more than 90,000 people fleeing clashes in the country's Anbar governorate.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says highest on the list of priorities is the provision of food, water, and shelter to the people who are fleeing.

"Civilians are fleeing Ramadi, Albu Farraj, Albu Aetha, and other towns, and are moving towards Khaldiya, Ameriya al Fallujah, as well as Baghdad.  Most of these people are moving on foot." (11")

Accord for Israel to release tax revenues for Palestinians welcomed by UN

The announcement of an agreement to allow Israel to release tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority has been welcomed by the UN envoy for the region.

The Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, has said that withholding these revenues for over four months has undermined the stability of the Palestinian institutions.

It also undermined the ability of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s government to pay public sector salaries and provide needed services, he added.

Mr Mladenov described the agreement for Israel to release the revenues as "an important step in the right direction.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1’57″

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