News in Brief – 06 June 2016 (PM)

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Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Yemen, speaks to journalists. UN File Photo/Manuel Elias

Deal reached to release child prisoners held due to Yemen conflict

An agreement has been reached to release all children being held as prisoners as a result of the conflict in Yemen.

The UN Special Envoy for the country, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said it was a welcome development.

An escalation in the civil war between government forces and rebels a year ago has left 22 million people in need of assistance.

Here’s UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric:

"The Special Envoy said that the unconditional release of children was agreed by the parties and the mechanics of the release of detainees in the coming days was to be addressed."

The envoy said that peace talks involving the warring parties would continue in Kuwait during the holy month of Ramadan, and expressed hope that a resolution could be found to end the conflict.

UN investigating the death of a civilian in Central African Republic

The UN has launched a fact-finding investigation into the death of a civilian who was involved in an escort operation being carried out by the UN Mission in the Central African Republic, CAR.

Peacekeepers were escorting CAR President Touadera on Sunday, when they were apparently stopped by armed men, who tried to seize one of the peacekeeper's weapons, according to the UN.

During the altercation one civilian died, and several peacekeepers were injured and are hospitalized.

The UN said that the outcome of the investigation would be announced "in due course."

10,000 civilians now seeking help in camps outside Fallujah

Around 10,000 Iraqis have fled to camps in search of safety and vital supplies around the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the past 10 days, according to a joint statement from UN agencies on Monday.

Meanwhile, 50,000 civilians reportedly remain trapped inside the city, as coalition forces led by the Iraqi government, attempt to retake it from the terrorist group ISIL, or Daesh, which has controlled Fallujah since early 2014.

A joint statement by the World Health Organization, the UN Children's Fund, World Food Programme and other partners, said that most escapees had told team members they fled with just their clothes.

The statement said that "many families had been separated from male members, who were undergoing screening".

One woman told team members that "we came with nothing, we have nothing", a statement that sums up the situation facing thousands of internally-displaced.

The UN is spearheading a "joint rapid response" mission to prove water, food and hygiene, but many of those trapped are being used by the terrorists as so-called "human shields".

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

Duration: 2'07"

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