News in Brief 19 May 2015 (AM)

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A truckload full of UNHCR aid in Yemen. Photo: UNHCR

400,000 people receive food aid in Yemen

Around 400,000 people have received food aid in Yemen during a five-day pause in fighting, but the UN says that's just a half of the people in need.

The World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for a series of "predictable breaks in the conflict" so it can deliver what it calls "desperately needed aid."

Rebels in Yemen continue to battle the government for control of the Gulf country.

People continue to flee Iraqi city occupied by ISIL

Residents of the Iraqi city Ramadi continue to flee, following its occupation by the Da’esh or ISIL terrorist group, according to the World Food Programme.

WFP says almost 3,800 families have left Ramadi due to fighting, and are escaping to three main areas in Anbar governorate.

WFP has dispatched food rations to nearby Amiriyat Al Fallujah where some of the displaced people are seeking refuge.

The UN says that around 25,000 people have now fled Ramadi.

"Severe humanitarian crisis" developing in Tanzania

A "severe humanitarian crisis" is developing in Tanzania as thousands of refugees from Burundi seek asylum there, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The refugees are fleeing what WHO describes as "escalating political tensions."

The population of Kagunga village, the entry point into Tanzania has increased from 10,000 to 90,000 with the influx of Burundians.

Ana Carmo, United Nations.

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