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Libyan Newswire

News in brief 25 February 2015 (PM)

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The city of Benghazi, Libya, in the early morning sunlight. Photo: UNSMIL/Iason Athanasiadis

Call for investigation into murder of two Libyan activists

The murder of two female activists in Libya has been condemned by the UN in the North African country, (UNSMIL).

UNSMIL is calling for a thorough investigation into the killing of Entissar Al-Hasaeri and Amal Al-Mizdawi who were found dead in a car in the capital city Tripoli late on Wednesday. Reports say the two women were shot in the head.

Human rights, women’s rights and political activists as well as journalists in Libya have been the target of assassination, abduction, death threats and intimidation.

Gaza reconstruction plan ongoing

A UN-backed plan to rebuild Gaza launched in 2014 between the Palestinian Authority and Israel is ongoing, the Spokesperson for the organization has confirmed.

Over 72,000 homeowners in Gaza have been cleared to receive construction material for shelter repairs and nearly 50,000 have already acquired the equipment.

Some 25 out of 71 construction projects have been approved, including housing projects, water networks and schools.

Gaza is recovering from a conflict with Israel in 2014 which killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and about 60 Israelis, displaced thousands of others and destroyed thousands of houses.

3,000 refugees and displaced to receive food aid in Niger

About 3,000 refugees and displaced people in the troubled Diffa region of Niger have received food aid, the World Food Programme announced.

The distribution of aid to the area located near the Nigerian border was suspended temporarily because of security concerns.

Attacks by Nigerian militants in the beginning of February forced thousands of refugees from Niger and host communities to flee, cutting them off from any assistance.

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