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News in Brief 14 June 2017 (PM)

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A former inmate of the Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, returned to visit his cell in October 2011. Photo: UNSMIL/Iason Athanasiadis

Libya urged to “arrest and surrender” Saif Al-Islam Gadaffi to ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called for the arrest and surrender of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the deposed Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

That’s according to a statement issued by the Court’s Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on Wednesday.

She also called for the arrest and surrender of the former Head of the Internal Security Agency of Libya, Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled

Mr Gaddafi was reportedly released on 9 June from prison in the town of Zintan where he was being held by the Abu-Bakr al-Siddiq Brigade.

He is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, murder and persecution committed in Libya during the 2011uprising that overthrew his late father.

An arrest warrant, issued on 27 June that year, remains valid, the statement reads.

Libyan officials are being reminded of their obligation to “immediately arrest and surrender” Mr Gadaffi to the Court, “regardless of any purported amnesty law” in the country.

The International Police Organization or INTERPOL has circulated international alerts to their counterparts around the world, also known as “red notices” for Mr Gadaffi and Mr Al Tuhamy.

The ICC is taking the necessary steps to determine their whereabouts.

“Disastrous” consequences if power cuts increase in Gaza warns UN official

A senior United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian Territory warned about the disastrous consequences of a further reduction in electricity supply to the Gaza Strip on the living conditions of two million Palestinians.

Robert Piper, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory called upon the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Israel to put the welfare of Gaza’s residents first and to take the necessary measures to avoid further suffering.

The UN has already appealed to the international community to support its limited humanitarian assistance efforts to prevent the collapse of life-saving, health, water, sanitation and municipal services in Gaza.

“A further increase in the length of blackouts is likely to lead to a total collapse of basic services, including critical functions in the health, water and sanitation sectors,” said Mr Piper in Wednesday’s statement.

This year marks 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory.

WFP delivers food to 80,000 displaced in northern Syria

Sixteen trucks loaded with one-month supplies of food have been delivered to 80,000 displaced people in hard-to-reach areas such in northern Syria, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

Regular deliveries in hard-to-reach areas such as Raaqqa, Deir Ezzour and Al-Hassakeh had been suspended for more than three years due to conflict and besiegement.

WFP also delivered a one-month supply of specialised nutrition supplements for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition to about 5,000 people.

Meanwhile, heavy clashes continued in Raaqqa city yesterday, with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly advancing from both the western and eastern sides of the city.

As fighting and military operations continue, the UN said it remains concerned for the safety and protection of tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside the city.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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