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The United Nations has announced that the Sudan Humanitarian Fund has received $ 44 million from donors in 2018 to spend on humanitarian activities.
A report by the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that the Fund and partners this year targeted Jebel Marra, Blue Nile, South Kordofan and Kassala areas for their important humanitarian needs.

According to UN estimates, the Fund has given over $ 1 billion (from donor countries) to international organizations, national organizations, United Nations agencies, funds and programs to enable them to implement life-saving projects in Sudan in recent years.

 According to the report, the Sudan Fund is responding to unforeseen emergencies through its reserve allocations and giving priority to the country's humanitarian needs.

There are 21 United Nations humanitarian organizations operating in the Sudan.
WFP has been operating in Sudan since 1963, along with 104 other foreign organizations, most of whose activities are concentrated in conflict zones. The Sudan Humanitarian Fund is run by the United Nations, to spend donor contributions for humanitarian activities in the country.

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By|Hue Gey

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Saturday that the Organization stands ready to provide a support to the Philippines  who are facing a strong disaster caused by the Tropical Storm Tembin.

Secretary-General Guterres] salutes the efforts of the national rescue and recovery teams as well as volunteers who are operating under difficult conditions,” said a statement attributable to Mr. Guterres' spokesperson.

“The UN stands ready to support the local and national authorities, in addition to the support already being provided by humanitarian partners,” the statement added.

 

Tropical Storm Tembin – known locally as “Vinta” – made landfall in Davao Oriental in southern Philippines on 22 December and crossed various provinces across Mindanao causing flash floods and landslides, which rendered several roads impassable.

It is announced that at least 75 people were killed and dozens more are reported missing. The Storm also displaced thousands of people, and damaged homes and infrastructure.

According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCA), 151 evacuation centres have been set up but the number of displaced persons could rise as information from the field comes in.

In the statement, the UN chief also offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

 

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The report of a UN committee confirmed on Thursday the responsibility of President Bashar al-Assad's regime for a deadly attack by sarin gas on the Syrian city of Khan Sheikun in  last April .

"The Commission is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for launching the Sarin gas on Khan Sheikhan on April 4, 2017," said the joint report of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

"The Sarin gas was fired by a bomb dropped by an aircraft," it said.

The Committee pointed out on the other hand that the elements of the "Daash" used the mustard gas in an attack on the area of ​​Umm Hawash in northern Aleppo in September 2016.

The attack on sarin gas on the town of Khan Sheikun in Idlib province, which was controlled by fighters of the opposition factions and jihadists, killed 83 people, according to the United Nations, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights killed at least 87 people, including thirty children.

In response to Khan Shikhun's attack, two US ships in the Mediterranean Sea on the sixth night of April 7 fired Tomahawk cruise missiles at the air cap base in central Syria.

From this base, according to Washington, the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhan was launched.

United Nations experts have recently gone to Al Qaeda to prepare their report.

The United States, France and Britain accuse Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of responsibility for the attack on Khan Sheikhan, but Damascus denies any involvement.

Russia insists the sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikun was probably caused by a ground bomb and that it was not carried out by a Syrian air attack, as the West claims.

Earlier, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the use of sarin in the April attack, but did not have the authority to determine who was responsible for the attack.

The new report came two days after Russia vetoed the UN Security Council on Tuesday to extend a one-year mandate to investigate the body behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Hailey welcomed the findings of the new report and said the UN Security Council should send a "clear message" that the use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated.

"Ignoring the huge number of evidence in this case shows a deliberate disregard of widely agreed international standards," Hayley said in a statement.

"The Security Council must send a clear message that the use of chemical weapons will not be tolerated ... and must fully support the work of impartial investigators."

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the new report had reached a "clear conclusion", calling for "the international community to unite in order to hold the Assad regime accountable."

"I call on Russia to stop covering up its abhorrent ally and to keep its commitment to ensure that chemical weapons are never used again.

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