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News in Brief 22 June 2017 (PM)

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A WFP cross-border convoy moves supplies into northeast Syria. Photo: WFP/Hani Al Homsh (file)

Life-saving aid delivered by road to Qamishli for first time since 2015

Around 15,000 people living in the Syrian town of Qamishli have received aid deliveries by land for the first time since December 2015.

Three trucks from the World Food Programme (WFP) used a newly-opened land corridor to reach the town, which is in northeastern Hasakeh governorate.

Enough food was delivered to keep hungry families supplied for a month.

More details from UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

“Overland access to Hasakeh was made possible due to an improved security situation. For almost a year, WFP has conducted two airlifts per day, six days a week to deliver food assistance and relief supplies for people who were otherwise cut off from support.”

Journalist killings in Mosul condemned by UNESCO

The killing of two journalists in the battle-scarred city of Mosul, has been condemned by the Director-General of the UN Cultural Organization, UNESCO.

Kurdish journalist Bakhtyar Haddad and French reporter Stéphane Villeneuve were working together covering the battle to retake the Iraqi city from Daesh extremists, when a roadside bomb exploded, according to reports.

Mr Haddad, who worked as a fixer assisting foreign reporters, was killed instantly, and Mr Villeneuve died from his wounds in hospital.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova, said that their deaths were a reminder that journalists face tremendous danger simply doing their job, but “provide us with vital information enabling us to build towards peace.”

New head of UN Mission in Libya announced 

The UN Secretary-General’s office has announced the appointment of Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon, as the new head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

He will succeed Martin Kobler, of Germany.

UN Chief António Guterres thanked Mr Kobler for his dedication and “effective leadership” of UNSMIL.

The mission has a difficult mandate to try and support national reconciliation efforts in the face of a major political and humanitarian crisis that has left civilians and migrants vulnerable to attack and exploitation.

In a statement, Mr Guterres said that Mr Salamé had played a “crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions” as Political Advisor to the Assistance Mission for Iraq, in 2003.

He has been a long-standing professor of International Relations at Sciences-Po in Paris, and the founding dean of its Paris School of International Affairs.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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