News in Brief 27 April 2016 (AM)

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Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler. UN File Photo/Manuel Elías

Terrorist attacks on Libya oil fields "grave assault" on economy and people

Attacks by the ISIL terrorist group on oil fields in Libya have been described by the UN's most senior representative in the country as a "grave assault" on the economy and population.

Martin Kobler, the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said ISIL's attempt to take control of oil installations  was not only an "assault on the lifeline of Libya's national economy, but on the very livelihoods of millions of ordinary Libyans."

Ongoing political and military conflict in the North African country has allowed ISIL to gain a foothold there.

"Credible reports" of frequent sniper fire in Syrian refugee camp

Reports of frequent sniper fire in a camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria are "credible," according to the UN agency supporting those refugees, UNRWA.

Yarmouk camp is located just outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, and has frequently been caught up in the conflict that has raged in Syria for the last five years.

UNRWA said despite a reported lull in clashes in the camp, the sniper activity was "posing a high risk to civilian safety and severely curtailing freedom of movement."

The agency said it remains extremely concerned over the humanitarian needs of the population inside Yarmouk.

Denial of medical care to prisoners in Iran could lead to death

The denial of adequate medical care to over a dozen political prisoners in Iran means they could die, a group of UN human rights experts has said.

The independent experts said the prisoners, who include prominent human rights defenders, lawyers and political activists, are at risk of death in detention due to their worsening health conditions and the continued refusal by the Iranian authorities to provide them with medical treatment.

They describe the situation as "unacceptable."

The five experts, who are known as Special Rapporteurs, said that all of them were allegedly arrested, detained and convicted "purely for their peaceful exercise of their fundamental freedoms and rights."

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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