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UN envoy urges constructive steps for Palestinian unity amid postponement of key gathering

09 September 2015 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process urged all Palestinian leaders and factions to use the opportunity provided by the postponement of the meeting of the Palestine National Council to take constructive steps towards achieving unity.

Israeli demolition orders boost vulnerability of thousands of West Bank Palestinians, UN warns

08 September 2015 – A new United Nations report shows that, according to official data released by the Israeli authorities, more than 11,000 demolition orders are currently outstanding in the 60 per cent of the West Bank over which Israel still retains direct control – known as Area C.

As third victim of West Bank arson attack dies, UN envoy urges end to extremist violence ‘on all sides’

07 September 2015 – The United Nations special envoy on the Middle East today expressed deep sadness that Reham Dawabsha has succumb to the wounds she received in a terrorist attack in a West Bank village in late July that also killed her husband and infant son, calling the tragedy “a shocking example of the destructive nature of extremism.”

In Syria, UN agency discovers nine new suspected cases of typhoid near Yarmouk camp

02 September 2015 – Following humanitarian operations in the southern Syrian town of Yalda, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said it has identified nine new suspected cases of typhoid and one case of scabies.

Gaza could become uninhabitable in less than five years due to ongoing ‘de-development’– UN report

01 September 2015 – A new report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on assistance to the Palestinian people warns that the Gaza Strip could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 if current economic trends persist.

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.