UN grants $15m urgent aid to south Sudan

January 10, 2014 - 2:02:45 pm

NEW YORK: United Nations has released $15 million from its rapid response fund for immediate humanitarian operations in war-torn South Sudan.

"But our goal is to go as quickly as possible and we are grateful to those countries who are helping us to do the transportation because that's no small feat," UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous told reporters after briefing the Security Council on the situation in the world's youngest country.

Where well over 1,000 people have been killed and some 300,000 others driven from their home since fighting erupted between Government and opposition forces nearly a month ago, UN news center reported.

This will allow UNMISS peacekeepers who lack the necessary vehicles and are currently deployed on UN bases and camps to defend 60,000 people seeking shelter there, to take on "more proactive patrolling around the bases and beyond because, of course the situation in terms of violation of human rights remains terrible critical," he added.

South Sudan, which only gained independence in 2011 after seceding from Sudan, erupted in fighting on 15 December when President Salva Kiir said soldiers loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar, dismissed last July, reportedly launched an attempted coup. (QNA)