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Security Council ‘deeply concerned’ about humanitarian situation for refugees in Yarmouk camp

20 April 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has today expressed deep concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, located on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus.


UN envoy on Middle East peace welcomes release of Palestinian tax revenues

18 April 2015 – The United Nations official charged with coordinating the Middle East peace process has welcomed the announcement that an agreement has been reached on the release of Palestinian tax revenues by Israeli authorities – a move in line with the Paris Protocol.


In Washington, UN chief calls for immediate ceasefire by all parties in Yemen

16 April 2015 – During a speech delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the gravity of the situation in Yemen, saying the country in “in flames” and pointing out how the current crisis is multiplying the already high levels of suffering and insecurity faced by many in the population.


UN delivers much needed humanitarian supplies to vulnerable groups in Syria

14 April 2015 – Despite huge challenges in getting access, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has managed to deliver much-needed humanitarian supplies to Qamishli in north-east Syria, a spokesperson for the agency said today.


Yarmouk crisis: international community has ‘compelling imperative to act,’ says UN official

13 April 2015 – The thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp have suffered “untold indignities” amid intensifying hostilities between armed groups in the area, the United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees declared today.


Israel’s use of administrative detention against Palestinians draws concern of UN rights office

10 April 2015 – The United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) today expressed concern by the continued and increasing use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities against Palestinians, who are being held without charge or trial, often on the basis of secret evidence, for periods of up to six months.


UN agency voices ‘deep concern’ as violence in Yarmouk refugee camp intensifies

10 April 2015 – The violence in Yarmouk camp is intensifying, plunging the Palestinian refugee camp into the “lower reaches of hell” amid running battles between armed groups, a spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said today.


UN chief urges 'concerted action to save lives, restore measure of humanity' in besieged Yarmouk camp

09 April 2015 – Briefing members of the international press this afternoon at United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the “epic humanitarian catastrophe” facing the 18,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians being held hostage by extremist militants in Yarmouk camp.


UN agency demands end to Yarmouk fighting, calls for protection of civilians

05 April 2015 – With fighting near Yarmouk intensifying, the United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees today made a strong appeal to all armed actors to cease hostilities that place civilians in acute danger and to withdraw immediately from civilian populated areas.


International Criminal Court welcomes Palestine as State Party to the Rome Statute

01 April 2015 – The International Criminal Court (ICC) welcomed the Palestine as the 123rd State Party to its founding Rome Statute today, in a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague in The Netherlands.