News in Brief 26 September 2016 (PM)

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WFP sent 45 trucks carrying food rations and wheat flour to four towns in Syria as part of a joint UN-SARC convoy. Photo: WFP

Aid convoys deliver food in four besieged Syrian towns

For the first time since April, aid has been delivered to besieged families in four Syrian towns, the World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed.

A joint interagency convoy arrived in Madaya and Zabadani in Rural Damascus and Foaa and Kefraya in Rural Idlib on Sunday.

60,000 people in dire need of food and medical supplies were reached.

WFP sent 45 trucks carrying rations containing a range of staple foods.

Across Syria, the agency provides food assistance to more than 4 million people every month.

Thirty per cent of the distributions are carried out in areas that are not reachable through regular road deliveries.

Murder of Jordanian writer "serious attack on free speech"

The murder of a well-known Jordanian writer constitutes a "serious attack on free speech" according to the head of the UN cultural organization, UNESCO.

Nahed Hattar was shot dead outside a court in Amman for sharing on a social media platform a caricature criticizing religious extremists, the agency says.

Irina Bokova expressed her outrage over the killing in a statement released on Monday condemning the homicide.

She said this act also affects the Jordanian society as a whole.

Mr Hatter shared the cartoon back in August and was being tried for "insulting Islam" media reports say.

Human rights probe into Kabul bombing to be made public

The findings of an independent human rights investigation on a suicide attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul that took place on 23 July will soon be made public.

The UN Mission in Afghanistan confirmed the news on Sunday during a meeting with representatives of the Hazara community.

85 people were killed and over 400 were injured during a peaceful protest in which thousands of civilians took part, many of them from the Shia Hazara minority.

The terrorist group Daesh, or ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.

While reaffirming the right of all Afghans to peaceful assembly, UNAMA called for the postponement of planned demonstrations.

UNAMA produced the report as part of its mandated work on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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