News in Brief 27 July 2016 (PM)

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A mother watches as three of her children head off to school in Qamishli, northern Syria. Photo: UNHCR/F. Al-Khateeb (file photo)

Deadly explosions kill 40 in Syria

Concern is mounting over on-going violence in Qamishly City in northern Syria, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Wednesday.

This follows the deaths of at least 40 people, including children, after explosions were detonated in a populated area that morning.

Several residential buildings have collapsed while others were significantly damaged, with unknown numbers of civilians reportedly still trapped under the debris.

OCHA said the national hospital reports dozens of patients are in critical condition and in urgent need of surgery; this at time when the facility is facing shortages of essential medical supplies, including antibiotics.

Strong condemnation for mortar attack on camp for Iraqi displaced

A camp for displaced families in Iraq has been attacked for the third time in three months, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported.

The Al Salam camp, located south of the capital, Baghdad, was hit by three mortars on Wednesday.

One mortar fell in the centre of the camp while the other two fell in a market area, injuring four children who were taken to hospital for treatment.

UNHCR has strongly condemned the attack.

Killing of journalist in Brazil condemned by UNESCO

The killing of a journalist in Brazil has been condemned by the head of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO.

João Miranda do Carmo, who ran local news website SAD Sem Censura, was shot outside his home in the town of Santo Antônio do Descoberto in the Brazilian state of Goiás on 24 July.

The head of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said it was "important that the authorities investigate this killing and bring its perpetrators to justice."

She added that "impunity for crimes against journalists threatens media workers' ability to do their work and the public's access to independent and diverse sources of information."

UNESCO, which has a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom, has established a website dedicated to journalists who have been killed in the line of duty.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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