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News in Brief 4 January 2017 (PM)

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Families carry supplies from a distribution point in eastern Mosul, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie

Mosul operation displaces more than 130,000

Nearly 132,000 people have been displaced by the Iraqi military operation to liberate the city of Mosul from the ISIL terrorist group, the United Nations has reported.

At least 114,000 of these civilians are now sheltered in camps and emergency sites.

Humanitarians have reached more than 500,000 people both in and outside the camps with water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Meanwhile, people inside Mosul are facing what the UN has described as “a dire humanitarian situation.”

Food stocks are dwindling while bore holes east of the city are drying up or turning brackish due to overuse.

The offensive to free Mosul, which has been held by extremists since 2014, began in mid-October.

Warning against renewed conflict in Libya

Parties to the conflict in Libya are being urged by the head of the UN mission in the country, UNSMIL, to work on local and national reconciliation and to resolve issues through peaceful dialogue.

Libya has been plagued by violence and instability following the overthrow of former President Muammar Ghaddafi in 2011.

Political leaders signed an accord in December 2015 which sought to end fighting and establish a unity government.

UN mission chief Martin Kobler has issued a warning against the risk of escalation which could lead to renewed conflict following developments in central Libya.

News reports indicate that tension has been building in the area between rival groups.

Mr Kobler has urged all sides to act with restraint and to resolve issues through peaceful dialogue.

He also stressed the need for renewed efforts aimed at ensuring the full implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement.

Burundi’s oldest human rights organization banned

The United Nations has expressed disappointment following the decision by Burundi’s Government to ban the oldest human rights organization in the country.

The UN noted that the organisation, Ligue Iteka, “carries out crucial work in monitoring and documenting human rights abuses committed in Burundi, which is all the more important given the precarious human rights situation in the country.”

The Burundian authorities are being urged to reverse the decision and to reconsider restrictions on other human rights and civil society organisations that have been sanctioned in the past three months.

Burundi has been mired in turmoil since April 2015 following the President’s announcement that he would run for a third term.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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