News in Brief 10 April 2017 (PM)

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Security Council condemns "barbaric and cowardly" terrorist attack in Sweden

The Security Council has underlined the need to bring to justice those responsible for this weekend's terrorist attack in Stockholm.

Council members released a statement on Monday condemning what they called "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack" which killed four people and injured more than a dozen.

The 15 ambassadors expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Sweden.

They stated that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, adding that any acts of terrorism are unjustifiable regardless of motivation.

Aid convoy reaches three Syrian towns

A humanitarian convoy has brought food, water, health supplies and other life-saving assistance to three hard-to-reach towns in Rural Damascus in Syria; the first in nearly two years.

That information comes from the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.

The inter-agency convoy from the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent arrived in Yalda, Babila and Beit Sahm on Saturday.

The last time a humanitarian convoy reached the area was in May 2015.

OCHA says unfortunately, some surgical items were removed from the aid supplies.

The UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, also plans to mount a separate operation in the coming weeks to deliver aid to Palestinian refugees in the area.

Meanwhile, the UN continues to call for unconditional access to nearly five million people in hard-to-reach and besieged parts of Syria.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the organization is deeply concerned about 30,000 civilians in the city of Atabaqa in Raqqa governorate following military operations there.

"The civilians remain inside the city where they face deteriorating humanitarian, health, living and security conditions, and the city has had no water and no electricity for more than 20 days. The fighting and insecurity around the city is also inhibiting those who are trying to leave. We remind all parties to the fighting in Raqqa of their obligations to protect civilians under international humanitarian law."

Surge in displaced from Mosul, Iraq

More than 280,000 people have been uprooted from the western part of the Iraqi city of Mosul since the start of a military operation in February, the United Nations said on Monday.

It is the latest phase of an overall offensive to liberate the northern city from the extremist group, ISIL.

The UN reported that displacement from the west continues to surge, with 17,000 people fleeing over the past weekend.

Overall, more than 350,000 people have been displaced from Mosul.

The global body said humanitarian partners continue to work "around the clock" to keep up with the daily increase.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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