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Aid group MSF says 24 cases of harassment, sex abuse in 2017

AFP  |  Paris 

Aid group today said it had acted on 24 cases of or last year as British charity faces a storm over its handling of a sex scandal.

The Paris-based group, known by its French acronym MSF, said it had received 146 complaints or alerts last year, of which 24 were for or sexual assault.

The charity fired 19 staff members as a result while other employees were handed disciplinary measures or were suspended, it said in a statement.

It warned that the true figure could be higher as the 24 does not include cases reported to teams on the ground that may not have been signalled to

"Even though reports of have steadily increased, is aware that goes under-reported," the charity said.

With 40,000 staff around the world, is one of the worlds largest aid groups, best known for its work offering medical aid in conflict zones. The charity won the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.

The revelations from the French group came as grapples with allegations that some of its staff used prostitutes in following a devastating 2010 earthquake.

The scandal has led to the resignation of Oxfams and has thrown into question funding for the charity, which amounted to around 32 million pounds (36 million euros, USD 44 million) last year.

has denied covering up the scandal but admitted it should have been more transparent.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 22:30 IST