News in Brief 28 April 2015 (AM)

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UNRWA staff distributing food to displaced families in various UNRWA shelters in Gaza City. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

"Frustration and anger" growing in Gaza

Nine months after the end of the most recent conflict in Gaza, frustration and anger is building among Palestinians, according to the Commissioner General of UNRWA, the UN agency which supports Palestinian refugees.

800,000 people are relying on food distribution following the conflict which caused hundreds of casualties as well as widespread destruction.

UNWRA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl says Palestinians need jobs.

"Some of the men and women that I meet in the camps and who today receive food from UNRWA, were yesterday employed and had their businesses and took care of their families themselves and had the dignity of bringing a salary home. This is what Gaza needs."

Air pollution cost in Europe put at US$ 1.6 trillion

The economic cost of the approximate 600,000 premature deaths caused by air pollution in Europe has been estimated by the UN health agency, WHO, at US$ 1.6 trillion.

The study, the first of its kind, was published on Tuesdy by WHO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as a three-day high-level meeting on environment and health in Europe opened.

UN chief "deeply concerned" over attacks against peacekeepers in Darfur

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern about the recent spate of attacks on United Nations peacekeepers serving in Darfur.

Two successive assaults by unidentified armed groups occurred in Kass, South Darfur last week.

Mr Ban also said the UN was being provided with "limited cooperation" by the Government of Sudan in addressing the incidents.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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