News in Brief 18 September 2015 (AM)

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Nigerian refugees at Minawao refugee camp, northern Cameroon. Photo: OCHA/Ivo Brandau

International community “must match humanity” shown by poor in Sahel

The international community must match the humanity shown by poor communities across the Sahel region according to the UN’s Regional Humanitarian Coordinator.

Toby Lanzer commended what he called the “immense generosity of Niger’s communities and government” for hosting refugees who have fled violence in neighbouring north-east Nigeria.

Mr Lanzer has just completed a five-day mission to Niger to assess the humanitarian situation in the West African country.

Niger is currently hosting over 220,000 people displaced by conflict in Nigeria, Libya and Mali.

Concern over escalating tensions in Jerusalem

The UN Security Council says it’s gravely concerned about escalating tensions in Jerusalem, especially surrounding the Haram Al-Sharif compound.

The compound, which is also known as Temple Mount, is one of the most important holy sites in Jerusalem, where both Muslims and Jews practice their faith.

There have been a number of recent clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli police.

The Security Council called for the exercise of restraint and the upholding of what it described as the “historic status quo” at the Haram Al-Sharif.

Security Council urges return to constitutional order in Burkina Faso

And the Council has urged the security personnel behind a coup d’état in Burkina Faso to restore constitutional order and return power to the civilian transitional authorities without delay.

On Thursday, the military declared it had taken control of the country just weeks before elections aimed at ushering in a new era of democracy.

The 15 members of the Council reiterated their demand that President Michel Kafando and Prime Minister Isaac Zida be released safely and immediately.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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