News in Brief 22 December 2016 (PM)

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A wide view of the Security Council chamber. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Security Council to receive summary of report on Syria convoy attack

A detailed summary of a United Nations report on a deadly attack on a humanitarian convoy in Syria in September has been submitted to the UN Security Council, the global organization has announced.

The report is by the UN Headquarters Board of Inquiry established to review and investigate the attack on the UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy which occurred in Urem al-Kubra on 19 September.

The 31-truck convoy reportedly was bringing aid to the city of Aleppo when it was hit by an airstrike.

Seventeen vehicles were destroyed and at least 10 people were killed.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted the report summary to the Security Council on Wednesday.

He noted that the Board had concluded that the SARC compound in Urem al-Kubra was subject to an attack from the air by more than one aircraft and aircraft type.

Farhan Haq is the UN Deputy Spokesperson:

"The Board noted that only aircraft operating as part of the forces of the international Coalition Forces and aircraft of the Russian Federation and of the Syrian Arab Air Force had the capabilities needed to carry out an attack of this kind. As no party had alleged the involvement of International Coalition Forces aircraft, the Board concluded that their involvement was highly unlikely."

Agency halts operations at Palestine refugee camp in Lebanon

The UN agency which assists Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, has suspended operations at a camp in Lebanon following two days of armed violence.

It is the fourth time this month that UNRWA has had to halt its activities at the Ein El-Hilweh camp, according to a statement from its Spokesperson, Chris Gunness.

He said the violence has had an impact on the education and well-being of more than 6,000 Palestinian refugee children who attend nine UNRWA schools in the camp.

Two health centres have also been forced to close temporarily.

"We again call on all those involved to respect the rule of law, the sanctity of human life and to ensure the protection of Palestine refugees, particularly of children," Mr Gunness said.

Concern over "unacceptable" water and sanitation in Lagos, Nigeria

Authorities in Lagos are being urged to ensure that the 2017 budget will improve funding to tackle the "unacceptable" water crisis in Nigeria's biggest city.

The appeal has been made by UN human rights expert Léo Heller following the State Governor's recent presentation of the fiscal plan to the House of Assembly.

Mr Heller expressed concern over government reports indicating what he described as "alarmingly high deficits" in water and sanitation for the city's 21 million residents.

Estimates suggest that only 10 per cent of the population has access to state-supplied service, he said, adding that the city continues to grow and access is worsening.

"There is no question that the city's water and sanitation sector has deteriorated to this point because of the way it has been managed for many years," Mr Heller said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The UN expert said the budget discussions provide "a great opportunity" for city authorities to address the issue.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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