News in Brief 24 February 2016 (PM)

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Women and children displaced from Jebel Marra, in North Darfur, due to fighting, take shelter in the Tawilla new arrivals site. Photo: OCHA

Escalation of fighting in Darfur straining "complex" humanitarian operation.

An escalation of fighting in the Jebel Marra area of North Darfur in Sudan has led to the displacement of 85,000 civilians, the United Nations has said.

The UN estimates that a total of 300,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their homes since fighting began in Darfur in 2003.

Concern has been raised by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan, Marta Ruedas.

Here's the UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.

"On Monday, Ms. Ruedas visited Tawilla, west of El Fasher, where over 22,000 people, mostly women and children, have gathered in recent weeks next to an existing camp for displaced people. She said that civilians continue to bear the brunt of conflict and that their protection is the UN's paramount concern."

Meanwhile, the UN relief agency OCHA said the massive influx of new arrivals is straining an already logistically complex humanitarian operation.

Death toll in Fiji following cyclone rises to 36

The number of people who died after a cyclone hit the Pacific island nation of Fiji has risen to 36, the UN has confirmed.

Two people are still missing and some 35,000 are currently sheltering in more than 420 evacuation centres.

The category five Tropical Cyclone Winston struck the island on Sunday.

Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric again.

"Aid has begun arriving for cyclone-affected communities, especially in the outer islands in the east, including Koro. Following a request from the Government, OCHA is deploying a UN Disaster and Coordination team (UNDAC) to support emergency response."

Investigation urged into murder of Philippines journalist

An investigation into the murder of a journalist in the Philippines earlier this month has been urged by the head of the United Nations cultural organization, UNESCO.

In a statement, Director-General Irina Bokova condemned the killing of Elvis Ordaniza and said that journalists must be able to carry out their work in what she described as reasonably safe conditions.

Mr Ordaniza, a crime reporter for a local radio station, was shot on 16 February in the town of Poblacion, in Mindanao.

UN Libya representative welcomes moves to form governemnt

And the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Martin Kobler, has welcomed the statement signed by a majority of the members of the House of Representatives in which they approved the Government of National Accord proposed by the Presidency Council.

Mr. Kobler said that the development demonstrates the strong determination of the people of Libya for the proposed Government.

He called on law makers to take immediate steps to formalise the endorsement.

Rival political groups and factions have been fighting for control of the North African country, which descended into civil war following the overthrow of Muammar al-Qhadafi in 2011.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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