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20 stories found over the past 45 days
Syria: UN agency ready to expand aid work in Yarmouk, if reported truce holds

23 June 2014 – Following a reported ceasefire in the besieged Yarmouk camp in Syria, the United Nations agency that administers aid to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East said it is ready to resume and expand its humanitarian activities as soon as it has access to the site.


UN political chief urges restraint by Israelis, Palestinians amid volatility on the ground

23 June 2014 – Amid a “critical” security situation on the ground, the United Nations political chief today called on Israelis and Palestinians to exercise maximum restraint and find a way to return to negotiations.


Amid abduction, increased violence, Ban says Israelis, Palestinians must show restraint

22 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the need to avoid an escalation of tensions in the wake of the recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers and the increased violence and mass arrests in the West Bank.


UN rights office voices concern as health of Palestinian hunger strikers deteriorates

20 June 2014 – The United Nations today voiced concern as the health of a number of Palestinian hunger strikers protesting Israel’s ongoing use of administrative detention is reportedly worsening, and more than 200 Palestinians have been detained in the West Bank since 12 June when three Israeli teenagers went missing.


UN, Islamic cooperation body can work together to address global challenges, says Ban

18 June 2014 – In his address to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted ongoing collaboration between the two organizations on a range of immediate challenges and long-term pursuits, including the crises in Iraq, Syria and the ongoing peace efforts in the Middle East.


In Gaza, senior UN envoy pledges support as Palestinian unity government takes shape

08 June 2014 – The senior United Nations envoy in the Middle East visited the Gaza Strip today for the first time since the signing of the Beach Camp Agreement and the formation of a Palestinian government of national consensus, and pledged the Organization's ongoing support as the nascent process moves forward.


Ban concerned at reports of worsening health of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike

06 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about reports regarding the deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainees who have been on hunger strike for over a month.


Ban deeply concerned at reported Israeli settlement expansion in West Bank

05 June 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is deeply concerned by reports that Israeli authorities have issued tenders for the construction of over 1,400 new housing units in settlements in the West Bank, including in occupied East Jerusalem.


Worsening health of Palestinian detainees on hunger strike draws concern of UN human rights expert body

05 June 2014 – Gravely concerned about the reported worsening health of more than 75 Palestinian detainees on hunger strike now in hospital protesting Israel’s continued use of administrative detention, members of a United Nations committee today urged Israel to end the practice and heed the “desperate plea” prisoners to be told what they are accused of so they can mount a defence.


Syria now blighted by joblessness, desperation, new UN report finds

28 May 2014 – Even as the death toll from Syria’s three-year civil war continues to rise, the country’s human development has also suffered immense collateral damage – the economy has been gutted, the healthcare system is in ruins, and education facilities are “teetering” – according to a new joint United Nations report out today.