News in Brief 15 August 2016 (PM)

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Children displaced from ongoing conflict shelter under makeshift tents on Muhalak highway in the western part of Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa

Humanitarian situation in Aleppo "dire"

The humanitarian situation in Aleppo is "dire," including in the east of the city where close to 300,000 people remain trapped, according to the UN.

Castello Road, the last remaining access route in and out of the area, was closed in July.

The plight of up to two million people in need of aid around the city and those in the surrounding countryside is also worrisome.

Meanwhile, the situation in Government-controlled areas in the west is also bad, where between 1.2 and 1.5 million people live.

The UN deputy spokesperson, Farhan Haq, has more.

"Hostilities persisted over the weekend, including airstrikes and barrel bomb attacks on three medical facilities in Aleppo governorate. Airstrikes reportedly struck a paediatric hospital in Big Orem, and Al-Huda hospital in Hor on the 13th and the 14th of August. In eastern Aleppo city, several rockets reportedly struck the area in the vicinity of Al-Quds hospital in Al-Sukari neighborhood on the 14th of August."

In the absence of a ceasefire, the UN continues to call for a weekly 48-hour humanitarian pause in the fighting to provide food, water and other life-saving assistance to those cut off from aid across the city.

UN peacekeepers in CAR detain 10 armed men

Ten armed men were captured and detained on Sunday by forces belonging to the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

The arrest followed a stand-off of several hours between the peacekeepers and 35 "heavily armed men" travelling in a convoy of seven vehicles south of Sibut.

According to media reports, two of the detainees were warlords from the majority Muslim-Seleka rebellion.

The convoy had exchanged fire with national security forces at several checkpoints, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.

MINUSCA was able to recover a significant quantity of weapons and munitions.

The 25 other members of the convoy were able to flee into the surrounding bush.

In a recent resolution, the UN Security Council urged militias and armed groups to lay down their weapons and cease all forms of violence and destabilizing activities.

Gaza football team wins Norway cup again

Gaza has won Norway's largest youth football tournament for the third time since 2012, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) has announced.

More than 2,000 teams from over 70 countries competed in this year's Norway Cup in Oslo.

The team from Gaza has been participating since 2010, except for 2014 because of the hostilities that summer.

The tournament is a special lifetime experience for young Palestinian footballers, providing some with an opportunity to travel abroad for the first time.

It also shows another side of life in Gaza: for example, the dedication, resilience and potential of refugee youth.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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