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UN refugee agency chief urges Europe to formulate collective response to migrant crisis

26 August 2015 – With the number of migrants fleeing to Europe the violence in their countries of origin continuing to increase, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today urged the European Union to speed up the formulation of an adequate collective response to this unprecedented crisis.


UN agency expresses concern over plight of civilians in southern Lebanon refugee camp

25 August 2015 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) called today for restraint in the wake of 24 August clashes between various armed groups that have seriously impacted the refugee community in southern Lebanon’s Ein el Hilweh Camp in Saida.


In Syria, UN agency reports jump in typhoid cases among Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk camp

21 August 2015 – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today said it has now identified 23 cases of typhoid among the civilian population from the Yarmouk refugee camp, more than threefold increase in the number of six cases first identified on 18 August.


Security Council warned that ‘risk of escalation in Israel and Palestine is palpable’

19 August 2015 – The top United Nations political official today warned the Middle East has recently witnessed “unconscionable” hate crimes, “reprehensible” retaliatory violence, provocations at Jerusalem’s holy sites, and a worrying increase in rockets launched from Gaza towards Israel, as he urged all sides to work together to reduce tensions and prevent extremist attacks.


Half a million Palestinian children can return to UN-run schools this year thanks to ‘tireless’ fund-raising

19 August 2015 – The United Nations relief agency dealing with Palestinian refugees has declared the school year open will on time today for the 500,000 boys and girls in the increasingly unstable Middle East, where multiple crises and a major funding shortage nearly forced the delayed of the opening of 685 schools in the region.


After new displacements, UN officials call for an immediate halt to demolitions in the West Bank

18 August 2015 – Senior United Nations officials are calling today for an immediate freeze on demolitions in the West Bank, after dozens of structures were demolished yesterday by Israeli authorities in Palestinian Bedouin refugee communities, near East Jerusalem.


New UN agency report shows ‘unprecedented’ rise in infant mortality in Gaza

13 August 2015 – A new study carried out by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has revealed that the infant mortality rate in the Gaza Strip has risen for the first time in 50 years, with the agency’s health director citing the ongoing blockade as possibly contributing to the trend.


In video call, UN chief says education remains ‘passport to dignity’ for Gaza’s children

10 August 2015 – Access to education can provide Gaza’s children with a “passport to dignity” and help break the cycle of poverty and violence that has afflicted the troubled enclave for decades, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Israeli settlement expansion ‘root cause’ of growing violence in Occupied Palestinian Territories – UN experts

10 August 2015 – A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has cited Israel's policy of settlement expansion as a primary driver of the escalating violence in the area.


Donors urged to meet critical funding shortfall faced by UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees

04 August 2015 – Voicing concern over the financial situation confronting the United Nations agency assisting Palestine refugees, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all donors to urgently ensure adequate and sustainable financing for vital services as soon as possible.