News in Brief 30 April 2015 (PM)

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The increasing violence in Yemen is taking an intolerable toll on children. Photo: UNICEF Yemen

Civilians targeted by snipers in Aden, Yemen

Civilians on the streets of Aden in Yemen are being targeted by snipers according to the UN.

In a statement, the UN Secretary-General said he was "gravely concerned about the continued ground fighting and aerial bombardment" and its impact on innocent civilians.

More than 1,200 people have been killed and 300,000 have fled their homes in the past six weeks.

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme has appealed to all parties in Yemen to allow deliveries of urgently needed fuel and food into the country.

Ceasefire violations in Mali come at "critical" time

The breaking of a ceasefire agreement in Mali has come at a critical time in the peace process in the country, according to the UN.

The United nations through its mission MINUSMA is supporting the national political dialogue and reconciliation process in the West African country.

Farhan Haq is the UN Deputy Spokesperson

"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the serious ceasefire violations that have occurred in Mali in recent days, at a critical moment in the peace process and as efforts are underway to bring all Malian parties to sign the draft peace agreement."

Investigation launched into leaked sexual abuse report in Central African Republic

An inquiry has been launched by the UN into how a report detailing allegations of the sexual abuse of children in the Central African Republic by French military personnel was leaked.

The report which included the identities of victims, witnesses and investigators was released by a staff member of the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) without official authorisation.

The OHCHR office in Bangui, conducted the initial human rights investigation in late spring of 2014.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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