News in Brief 23 September 2015 (AM)

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Mogens Lykketoft
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Two camps for displaced people open in Iraq

Two new camps for internally displaced people have been opened in Baghdad province in Iraq, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR has announced.

They'll provide shelter for close to 3,500 Iraqis who have had to flee Anbar province due to recent fighting.

Iraq continues to suffer instability and conflict as the authorities battle with members of the ISIL terrorist group.

The UN said that over 1,300 people were killed in the Middle Eastern Country during August due to terrorism, violence and armed conflict.

Security exercises take place ahead of Côte d'Ivoire elections

Security exercises have been taking place in Côte d'Ivoire ahead of the presidential election in October, the UN mission in the country, UNOCI, has confirmed.

The exercises took place in the town of Séguéla, in Woroba Region and were attended by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for the country.

UNOCI contributed to the preparation of the security plan in accordance with its mandate.

The West African country is still recovering from a political crisis and conflict sparked in 2011 by a dispute over the presidential run-off election.

Concern over escalating tensions in Jerusalem

The President of the UN General Assembly has said he's concerned by the latest escalation in tensions surrounding the Haram Al-Sharif compound in Jerusalem.

The compound, which is also known as Temple Mount, is one of the most important holy sites in Jerusalem, where both Muslims and Jews practice their faith.

There have been a number of recent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli police.

Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft  urged all concerned to stay calm and restrain from provocative actions and what he called "inflammatory rhetoric."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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