News in Brief 22 June 2016 (AM)

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Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon. Photo: UNRWA

"Dire" living conditions for Palestine refugees in Lebanon

A UN special coordinator for Lebanon has expressed her concern about the "dire" living conditions of Palestine refugees in the country.

Sigrid Kaag visited the Rashidieh camp in southern Lebanon and was briefed on the conditions of the camp and the socio-economic difficulties its residents were facing.

She also visited the camp's health centre, school facilities and a women's centre.

The camp hosts more than 30,000 refugees.

Many of the shelters are in serious need of rehabilitation having been totally or partially destroyed during the Lebanese war between 1982 and 1987.

Lebanon has the highest percentage of Palestine refugees living in "abject poverty" according to the UN relief and works agency.

60,000 Egyptians returning from Libya to get food aid

Sixty thousand Egyptians returning from Libya are expected to receive food assistance for three months the UN food agency, WFP, has announced.

The emergency operation was launched at the request of the Egyptian Government.

A monthly food voucher of US$13 given to families will allow them to purchase items such as cereals, oil and pulses.

They will have the freedom to choose how to spend the money.

Food vouchers are given with the main purpose of providing immediate support to food-insecure Egyptian returnees.

According to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Libya hosts around 1.6 million Egyptians, mostly migrant workers.

UNESCO condemns murder of journalists

The recent killing of two journalists from the United States (US) and Serbia has been denounced by the head of a UN agency tasked with defending press freedom.

Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called on authorities to investigate the murders.

The US journalist from Texas Jay Torres was a regular contributor to a Spanish weekly publication, La Estrella.

He was found dead on Monday in Garland, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

According to media reports, Torres was reportedly working on illegal immigration and human trafficking stories.

Meanwhile, the Serbian radio journalist, Luka Popov, was killed in his home on 16 June.

Ms Bokova urged that those responsible be brought to justice.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations.

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