News in Brief 29 June 2015 (AM)

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WHO mobile teams in Alluhaya district of Hodeida, Yemen, deliver health services to 880 displaced families. Photo: WHO Yemen

"Serious concerns" about public health in Yemen

There are serious concerns about public health in Aden governorate in Yemen, according to the UN.

Local authorities are reporting over 8,000 cases of dengue fever and close to 590 deaths.

There are also concerns over outbreaks of measles, rubella and polio in governorates that are affected by conflict.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General deplored an airstrikes by a coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia on a UN compound in Aden, which resulted in serious damage to the office and injured a guard.

"Positive day" for discussions on Libyan political agreement 

Libyan parties meeting in Morocco have wrapped up what has been described by the UN as a "very long but very positive day" of discussion aimed at reaching a political agreement.

The Deputy UN Spokesperson, Farhan Haq, highlighted information shared by the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León.

"Mr León said that there is an agreement amongst the parties on the majority of the elements of the proposal. However, the parties need to go back to Libya to consult with their respective constituencies, he added. The Special Representative is expecting them to get back on Wednesday and to initialize the agreement on Thursday this week."

Factional fighting since former President Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown in 2011 has led to massive population displacements and an increase in humanitarian needs.

Appeal to counter extremism and cultural cleansing

An appeal for the international community to counter the new threat of violent extremism and cultural cleansing was issued at the opening of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany, on Monday.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said heritage is under attack in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, with what she called brutal and deliberate destruction on an unprecedented scale.

During its session until 8 July, the Committee will also examine the state of conservation of 94 sites already on the World Heritage List, and of the 46 sites inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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