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In Iran, UN relief chief urges cooperation to deal with region's 'unprecedented' crises

17 August 2014 – On a visit to Iran, the United Nations humanitarian chief today stressed the importance of regional cooperation in dealing with the myriad of “unprecedented” and “unravelling” crises in the Middle East.


Gaza hospitals, health facilities need urgent donor support: UN agency

12 August 2014 – Hospitals and health facilities in Gaza are in dire need of support from the international donor community, a senior representative of the United Nations health agency today said following a visit to the Gaza Strip and Ramallah to survey the infrastructure there.


UN Rights Council notes one member unavailable to serve on Gaza Commission

12 August 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council today took note that one of the appointed commissioners is unavailable to serve on the Gaza Commission of Inquiry due to her prior professional commitments.


As latest ceasefire holds in Gaza, Ban urges both sides to address root causes of conflict

12 August 2014 – The most recent ceasefire in Gaza appears to be holding but unless the underlying causes of the conflict are addressed, another round of violence and vengeance is almost guaranteed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned.


UN Rights Council appoints members of commission to investigate purported Gaza violations

11 August 2014 – The United Nations Human Rights Council announced today the appointment of three members to its independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June.


Middle East: UN chief welcomes temporary ceasefire, urges longer-term agreement

10 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today's announcement by Egypt that the Israelis and the Palestinians have accepted another 72 hours' unconditional humanitarian ceasefire and urged all concerned to avoid steps that would lead to a resumption of violence.


Gaza: as hostilities resume, Ban urges ‘swift’ return to ceasefire, negotiations

08 August 2014 – Amid renewed hostilities in Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called firmly on the parties to the conflict not to resort to further military action but “swiftly find a way back to respect of the humanitarian ceasefire and continue negotiations in Cairo.”


UN flags at half-mast to honour staff killed in Gaza conflict

07 August 2014 – The United Nations flag is flying at half-mast today at the world body's New York Headquarters in memory of the UN staff members killed since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza on 8 July, and in solidarity with the families and friends of those injured.


Briefing UN Assembly, Ban urges political talks to end ‘senseless cycle of suffering’ in Gaza

06 August 2014 – As the temporary ceasefire continues to hold in Gaza, senior United Nations officials today urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and called on the 193 Member States to respond to calls for emergency humanitarian funding.


UN agency ‘deeply concerned’ about safety of refugees in embattled Libya

05 August 2014 – As violence escalates in Libya, the United Nations today said it was deeply concerned for the safety of thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently stranded in areas heavily damaged by the continuous fighting.