News in Brief 11 November 2016 (PM)

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Afghanistan car bomb attack confirmed by UNAMA. Photo: UNAMA/Fardin Waezi

Mazar car bomb blast in Afghanistan condemned

The death of four civilians and the injury of hundreds of others in a car bomb attack in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif has been condemned by the UN.

Shortly before midnight on Thursday, a vehicle loaded with heavy explosives blew up near the German Consulate in the city.

Women and children were among the wounded, the UN mission (UNAMA) confirmed.

The majority suffered minor wounds from broken glass while those with serious injuries remain hospitalized.

The explosion also damaged more than 100 homes and shops.

The outlawed Taliban movement has taken responsibility for the attack, calling it revenge for recent air strikes in Kunduz

People in Aleppo continue to flee "indiscriminate" shelling

People continue to flee the western part of the Syrian city of Aleppo because of "indiscriminate" shelling, a spokesperson for the UN has confirmed.

In recent days, 15,000 internally displaced people have fled their homes.

The eastern part of the city remains inaccessible to humanitarian workers, where an estimated 275,000 people remain trapped under "horrific conditions."

Here's the deputy UN spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

"Food and health stocks are running dangerously low in the city. The UN has not been able to reach the eastern part of the city since July."

All parties to the conflict are being urged to put an end to indiscriminate bombing and shelling and to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

They are also required by international humanitarian and human rights law to allow urgent humanitarian life-saving assistance in the area.

Gambia urged to hold "transparent" presidential election

Gambia is being urged by a UN special envoy for West Africa and the Sahel to hold a "transparent" presidential election.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas wrapped up a two-day visit to the capital city Banjul on Friday where he held consultations on the electoral process there.

He emphasized the importance of a "level playing field" as a key precondition to the holding of the vote.

The incumbent President Yahya Jammeh has been in power for 20 years.

Media reports say he is seeking a fifth presidential run in December.

Mr Chambas reiterated calls by the UN and other partners for an independent investigation into the deaths in custody in April of three political activists and opposition leaders.

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations.




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