News in Brief 29 September 2016 (AM)

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An Internally displaced person (IDP) brings her son for Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) treatment at one of the health centres UNICEF is supporting in Banki IDP camp, Borno state, northeast Nigeria. Photo: UNICEF/Andrew Esiebo

Children's lives in northeast Nigeria "hanging by a thread": UNICEF

The lives of children in northeast Nigeria are literally hanging by a thread, a senior UN official has warned Thursday.

Since 2013, several states in the region have been wracked by violence as the government battles insurgents from the Boko Haram terrorist group.

According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Director of Emergency Programmes, Afshan Khan, the "true scale" of the crisis and its impact on children is only now being revealed as new areas open up to humanitarian assistance.

More than 4 million people are facing severe food shortages and 65,000 people are enduring famine-like conditions, mostly in Borno, the worst affected state.

UNICEF fears an estimated 400,000 children under five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition in three states across the area.

The agency is revising upwards its humanitarian appeal for the country from $US 55 million to $US 115 million to help an additional 750,000 people in the northeast of the country.

Shelling of school for Palestine refugees in Syria condemned

The shelling of a school for Palestinian refugees in Syria has been strongly condemned by the UN agency that supports them, also known as UNRWA.

The Salameh Girls' Preparatory School in the Khan Eshieh camp was hit on Wednesday afternoon, injuring three people.

Over 250 girls attend classes there from grades 5 to 9.

It's one of the few remaining facilities providing education to refugees in the camp, the agency says.

Khan Eshieh camp is home to about 9,000 Palestine refugees, is located in the rural area south of Damascus.

At least 20 Palestine refugees were killed and many more injured because of increased armed conflict in the area since May this year.

UN in Afghanistan condemns killing of civilians in airstrike

The UN Mission in Afghanistan has condemned the killing of Afghan civilians during an air raid aimed at the ISIL terrorist group also known as Daesh.

International military forces used a drone to carry out Wednesday's airstrike in the eastern district of Achin.

A civilian home was struck instead, resulting in the death of 15 civilians and injuries to at least 13 others.

The victims were reportedly sleeping in a guesthouse after celebrating the return of a tribal elder from the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

The U.S. Forces in Afghanistan released a statement on Wednesday acknowledging the airstrike but refraining from elaborating further.

A review of "all materials related to the strike" was ongoing, the press release said.

UNAMA is calling on the Government and international military forces to launch a "prompt, independent, impartial, transparent, and effective investigation" into this incident.

Charles Appel, United Nations

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