UN calls for ceasefire, aid for East Ghouta

Russia objected on Thursday to a draft UN resolution that would impose a 30-day ceasefire in Syria and open a siege in eastern Ghouta City.

At a Security Council meeting held at the request of Moscow, The Great Russia rejects the proposed ceasefire and dispatch of aid, as well as large-scale medical evacuation for that reason is impossible.

Read: UN Secretary General calls for ceasefire in East Ghouta [19659002] "Here what we need is not symbolism, not just a decision, but action taken in accordance with the reality on the ground," Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia told parliament. "

Nebenzia criticized media coverage of military operations in the beleaguered enclave of eastern Ghouta, as" severe psychosis "and said there was a campaign to tarnish Syria and Russia. As before, he again accused the first responders of a civil society known as the White Helmets as a group close to the terrorists and took part in a campaign to disseminate misinformation. [as/al]

UNRWA condemns trimming US aid to Palestinian refugees

The head of UNRWA – the UN agency that administers Palestinian refugees – strongly condemns the massive budget cuts by the Americans. "UNRWA commissioner Pierre Krahenbuhl says the agency is facing the worst financial crisis in its history because of America's decision to drastically reduce its financial contribution.

" Last year America provided 360 million dollars for UNRWA. This year they announced it would give 60 million dollars. So there is a difference of 300 million dollars. We need 1.2 to 1.3 billion dollars per year. This is a big enough part of what we need, "said Krahenbuhl.

American President Donald Trump announced the cuts in the UNRWA budget after the UN General Assembly voted in a majority to condemn its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Krahenbuhl told VOA, the humanitarian fund should be linked to the performance of an organization, not because of political considerations. He said the situation was so bad in Gaza that it would get worse if there was a shortage of funds, and the needs of Palestinians were not met.

"Clearly if it is not bridged, there will be an increase in instability … because of the many other problems facing the Middle East – insecurity, radicalization and other problems. On the contrary, I think the investment to stabilize UNRWA and our ability to provide services should be the main thing everyone thinks, "added Krahenbuhl.

UNRWA has just submitted an appeal for an 800 million-dollar emergency aid to help Palestinian refugees in Gaza, and Syria. The assistance will provide urgently needed food, cash and emergency medical supplies, and support for various mental health programs and assistance for victims of gender based violence. [em/ii]

Cuts Palestinian Refugees Aid, Celebrities Cry Trump

Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are two of the more than 25 celebrities and public figures who expressed horror at President Donald Trump's decision to cut the budget for UN agencies that deal with Palestinian refugees UNRWA, according to the statement Hoping Foundation Thursday 25/1).

"The real target of this deadly attack is the Palestinians themselves," the group said in a joint statement. "The decision was taken with the clear aim of stripping their rights (Palestine) by dismissing the institutions accused of protecting them."

Actress Gilian Anderson, Olivia Wilde, Emma Thompson and Tilda Swinton are among the celebrities who co-signed the criticism. 19659002] The criticism was released by the Hoping Foundation, an organization based in London and has been assisting Palestinian children.

Frustrated by the stalled Middle East peace process, Trump this month blamed the Palestinians for the congestion and threatened to cut American aid. America subsequently suspended the $ 65 million payment to UNRWA, the UN agency providing education, health and other social services to more than five million Palestinian refugees and their descendants spread across the Middle East.

While in Davos on Thursday, Trump said the new United States would pass the grant back if the Palestinians returned to the negotiating table. America is the largest single donor to UNRWA and the agency has launched a global fundraiser to cover the shortfall due to American action.

Overall UNRWA needs hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Palestinians. [em/al]

Humanitarian Aid Group Warns US on Fund Ammunition for Palestinian Refugees

The leaders of 21 international humanitarian aid groups have urged the United States to reconsider its decision to withhold $ 65 million from the United Nations aid agency for Palestinian refugees, warning of the dire consequences that would ensue if the funds were cut.

worried over the linking of aid to political goals by the Trump Administration. In a letter to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and other top officials, published on Thursday (25/1), they wrote that this marked "a dangerous and striking abandonment of American policy on humanitarian aid."

Haley has linking aid to the Palestinians with their willingness to start negotiations with Israel.

America is the largest donor to the aid agency, providing education and other social services to some 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. [uh]

Terrorists Attack International Aid Groups in Eastern Afghanistan

International aid agency office Save the Children in Jalalabad, east Afghanistan was attacked on Wednesday (24/1). One was reportedly killed and 14 others wounded in the attack.

Attullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar province government, said a group of armed men stormed the office after a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb at his entrance gate.

No one has yet claimed to master the attack. The Afghan Taliban have denied any involvement.

Nangarhar province, which lies on the border with Pakistan, has been the stronghold of ISIS and other terrorist groups in recent years.

The attack on Wednesday (24/1) in Jalalabad lasted only a few days after a group of armed men stormed a luxury hotel in the capital, Kabul, killing at least 20 people, and many of them were foreigners. [ab/uh]