News in Brief 20 October 2015 (AM)

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Israeli first responders transport the wounded after an assailant rammed his car into a bus stop in an ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighbourhood. Photo: Oren Ziv/IRIN

Act fast to avoid "a broader crisis" urges Secretary General

The UN Secretary General is visiting Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and urged leaders to "act fast", in order to avoid "a broader crisis."

Ban Ki-Moon, flew to the region on Tuesday, to help stem violent unrest across the region.

Violent clashes began a month ago over tensions surrounding access to a holy site in Jerusalem, revered by both Jews and Palestinians.

Mr Ban is due to meet leading Israeli and Palestinian politicians, as well as victims of violence on both sides.

In remarks addressed to Israeli President, Reuben Rivlin, he said he had come to support: "all efforts to lower tensions, and prevent the situation from spinning out of control."

The death toll mounted on Tuesday, when a Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces, and an Israeli was shot killed after being run over during clashes.

More than 40 Palestinians have been killed and ten Israelis.

Humanitarian crisis deepens in Central African Republic

Amid a deepening crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement on the troubled country on Tuesday.

It is the third statement registering the Council's concern over deteriorating conditions. It's estimated that 2.7 million people need immediate humanitarian assistance, and civilians and aid workers have suffered repeated attacks.

The UN's Humanitarian chief, Stephen O'Brien, left for CAR and Cameroon on Tuesday, to take stock of the crisis.

More than 400,000 have fled their homes and become internally displaced, while 450,000 have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

New camp opens for displaced Iraqis in Anbar province

A new camp for around 3,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) has been opened by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Anbar province in Iraq.

The province has seen some of the heaviest fighting in recent months between Iraqi government forces, and the ISIL terrorist group.

The majority of the new camp's residents have been forced to leave their homes in the city of Ramadi.

An estimated 250,000 civilians are believed to have fled the city since April.

Until now, most of the new residents at the Ameriyat al Fallujah camp, have been living in schools or staying with relatives nearby.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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