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Children dying “silent deaths” in Yemen

Children in Yemen are dying “silent deaths” according to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country.

The recent breakdown of a cessation of hostilities agreement has led to an intensification of fighting in the Gulf state.

30 people were killed on Saturday by airstrikes aimed at a water-well north of the capital Sa’ana, adding to mounting concerns over the “unrelenting attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure.”


“Obscene” civilian death toll in Iraq

At least 18,800 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 2014 and October 2015, according to a new report released by the United Nations.

The Middle Eastern country continues to suffer internal conflict, largely due to the ongoing occupation by the ISIL terrorist group.

The UN has described the death toll as “obscene.”

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Duration: 2'19"

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Only political settlement will end civilian suffering in Darfur

Only a “political settlement” between the Sudanese government and armed opposition will allow millions to return home in Darfur.

That’s according a the senior UN official briefing the Security Council on Wednesday.

Assistant Secretary-General Edmond Mulet, briefed members on the stat e of the joint UN and African Union operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

Matthew Wells reports.

Duration: 2'35"

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Pace of displacement in Syria “remains relentless”

The pace of civilian displacement across Syria “remains relentless”.

That’s according to the UN’s Humanitarian Affairs chief, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday.

Stephen O’Brien said the number of Syrian civilians needing protection had increased by 1.2m so far this year.

Syria’s bloody civil war erupted in 2011 and around 250,000 people have been killed.

Matthew Wells reports.

Duration: 2'31"