News in Brief 23 October 2015 (AM)

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WHO has provided 30 metric tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to Taiz governorate in Yemen. Photo: WHO Yemen

Conditions deteriorate fast for Yemini civilians

Humanitarian conditions are deteriorating fast for civilians in the Yemini city of Taiz, following indiscriminate shelling.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at least fifteen civilians were killed and 73 injured after shells fell in a residential area of the city.

Eye-witnesses said that the shells were fired from an area controlled by Houthi militia, who are battling government forces for control in parts of the country.

Here's spokesperson Rupert Colville:

"Taiz civilian population is bearing the brunt of the siege as they struggle to meet their most basic needs, including potable water. And according to reports received by OHCHR, members of the popular committees affiliated with al-Houthi and the armed forces loyal to former president Saleh, have also prevented local traders and residents from crossing local check points."

Floods devastate refugee camps in Algeria

Devastating flooding has caused widespread damage to five camps providing shelter to around 90,000 Sahrawi refugees in south-west Algeria.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners have begun distributing aid to an estimated 25,000 people whose homes and food supplies have been damaged or destroyed.

The numbers in need, in the normally arid Tindouf region, could rise as rain is expected to continue until at least Sunday.

New cases of Polio at a record low worldwide.

Fewer children than ever before have the crippling virus Polio.

That's the hopeful fact to take away, as the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) joins the rest of the globe in marking World Polio Day, on Friday.

Never before have so few children in so few countries contracted Polio, but UNICEF said that despite the "real and dramatic" progress, the goal was still to eradicate the virus altogether.

This year is the first time in history that Africa's most populous country, Nigeria, has had no new cases, and last month, it was taken off the list of Polio endemic countries.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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