News in Brief 10 January 2017 (PM)

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

UN concerned for Syrians affected by anti-ISIL operations in Aleppo

The UN remains "very concerned" for the situation of civilians affected by an offensive to dislodge ISIL militants from Al Bab town in Syria's Aleppo governorate.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric made the remarks on Tuesday during his daily briefing to the press.

Reports continue to be received of deaths and displacements as a result of fighting, which reportedly intensified last month.

Mr Dujarric has more.

"It is estimated that about 30,000 civilians have fled Al Bab city and surroundings since then, heading mainly towards Azaz, Jarabulus and Menbij districts. An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 civilians are still in Al Bab city, facing difficult conditions under Da'esh control, including severe restrictions on movements."

The UN and partners are providing assistance to those who are displaced, he said.

Reception and transit centres have been established to receive and provide basic assistance to all those who need it.

"Double bombing" near Afghanistan parliament condemned

The double bombing that took place in a civilian-populated area in Afghanistan's capital Kabul has been condemned by the UN Assistance Mission in the country, UNAMA.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Mission says.

The bombings were carried out near the Afghan Parliament during rush-hour, reportedly killing dozens of people and leaving many more injured.

UNAMA says it is continuing to investigate the circumstances around the bombings.

Indian peacekeepers in Haiti receive cholera vaccination

Indian peacekeepers recently deployed to Haiti have been vaccinated against cholera, the UN Mission in the country, MINUSTAH, has confirmed.

Haiti has been dealing with a cholera outbreak since October 2010, some nine months after it suffered a major and deadly earthquake.

According to media reports, the 140-member police unit had not been given the vaccine before setting foot on the island nation.

A second dose, for those who have not had it, is being administered or will be in the coming days, MINUSTAH added.

Cholera vaccination is mandatory for all UN troops and police officers serving in peacekeeping operations.

Member States are responsible for making sure their personnel receive the jabs prior to being stationed to a Mission area.

The UN has apologized for its response to the outbreak that claimed more than 9,000 lives and has launched a new strategy to battle the disease.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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