News in Brief 01 December 2015 (PM)

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People fleeing intense fighting in Mosul, the third largest city in Iraq, crossing into the Erbil governerate. Photo: UNHCR/Inge Colijn

888 Iraqis killed in November

Almost 900 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,200 wounded in acts of terrorism in November, according to casualty figures released by the UN mission in the country (UNAMI).

The dead included nearly 500 civilians.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson

"Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, said today that the Iraqi people continue to suffer from this vicious cycle of violence, which has affected all walks of life in the country. He said the United Nations deplores the continuing loss of life resulting from acts of terrorism and armed conflict in Iraq".

Meanwhile, the World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food assistance to nearly 70,000 people in the besieged cities of Haditha and Al Baghdadi in Anbar governorate.

Lack of steady access to these cities, located some 240 kilometres north-west of Baghdad, has left tens of thousands of people without humanitarian assistance for more than seven months.

New camp opens in Kirkuk for nearly 9,000

A new camp for displaced Iraqis close to the strategically-important city of Kirkuk has been opened by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

The Nazrawa camp will have room for 8,400 people.

More than 380,000 people are currently displaced in Kirkuk province, which has seen heavy fighting between extremists and Iraqi government forces.

Kirkuk is a major oil production centre.

Call to action on "cultural cleansing" in Iraq

"Cultural cleansing" is destroying social cohesion in Iraq and needs to be stopped.

That was the call to action from delegates attending a symposium in the city of Erbil, run by the UN cultural organization, UNESCO.

UNESCO representative to Iraq, Axel Plathe, said that the artists and civil society organizations taking part, were "greatly concerned" by the disappearance of interaction between ethnic and religious groups, many of which have been targeted by extremists.

Fragile food security situation in Yemen fast deteriorating

Yemen's fragile food security situation is deteriorating fast according to the World Food Programme (WFP) .

The UN food agency said that humanitarian organizations need to be able to move freely and safely to provide assistance to reach all those in urgent need before they fall deeper into crisis.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric.

"Since October, WFP's operations have scaled up and currently reach more than 2.8 million people each month. In November, the World Food Programme reached all 10 governorates on the edge of famine and delivered much-needed food assistance to over 900,000 people."

P!nk announced as newest UNICEF Ambassador

And the GRAMMY Award Winning Recording Artist, P!nk, has been appointed as a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador.

She'll raise awareness about UNICEF's lifesaving health and nutrition programmes around the world.

And, she'll highlight the agency's role in fighting global malnutrition, which impacts 159 million children.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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