News in Brief 06 April 2017 (PM)

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Stéphane Dujarric. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

People continue to flee fighting in west Mosul: UN

Humanitarian workers continue to respond to rising casualties and displacement in west Mosul because of ongoing fighting between government forces and ISIL terrorists in the area, the UN Spokesperson has confirmed.

Quoting colleagues on the ground, Stéphane Dujarric provided an update on the situation of families who are pouring out of the city to avoid the combat.

"Some 1,500 trauma cases have been received at stabilisation points near the west Mosul front lines since the offensive on western neighbourhoods resumed in late February; more than 6,000 trauma cases have been referred to hospitals in Mosul's surrounding areas since the start of the Mosul operations in late October."

Camps are being built quickly to take in the huge numbers of people that are fleeing their homes because of the violence, Mr Dujarric said.

More than 5,000 fully-serviced plots of land, which can house more than 32,000 people, are available for immediate occupancy.

Emergency aid packages have been distributed to cover the immediate needs of 1.8 million people, with many families requiring multiple deliveries.

More than 5 million Palestine refugees can be cut off from aid: UN report

More than 5 million Palestine refugees risk being cut off from aid because of recurring financial crises around the world, a new report by the UN Secretary-General has confirmed.

In a statement released on Wednesday, António Guterres urged all Member States to actively support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and make its funding "sustainable, predictable and sufficient."

Member States widely value the indispensable role that UNRWA plays in the provision of essential services to Palestine refugees and the impact it has had in the context of the unresolved Arab-Israeli conflict.

The report tries to re-focus the world's attention on the plight of Palestine refugees while attempting to improve the resourcing of UNRWA's vital services.

World food prices fall driven by slide in cost of sugar, vegetable oils 

Global food prices fell in March driven by a decline in the value of sugar and vegetable oil, the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization's monthly index has found.

The index measures monthly changes in international prices of a basket of food commodities.

Vegetable oil prices fell 6.2 per cent on the month.

Sugar prices plummeted 10.9 per cent to its lowest level since May 2016 amid weak import demand.

FAO also released its first forecasts for cereal markets for this year and 2018.

The agency predicts it will be "another season of relative market tranquillity" with grain inventories remaining at near-record levels.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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