Middle East

Some Gaza border crossings re-open to aid trucks, but problems continue – UN

More than 70 trucks were allowed to enter the Gaza Strip from Israel yesterday, but aid supplies inside Gaza are still dwindling, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) reported today.

Arab rights charter deviates from international standards, says UN official

The Arab Charter on Human Rights contains provisions that do not meet international norms and standards, including the application of the death penalty for children, the treatment of women and non-citizens and the equating of Zionism with racism, the United Nations human rights chief said today.

Gaza crisis underscores gap between aspirations and reality – UN political chief

The recent troubles in the Middle East illustrate “the gap between the aspirations of the political process and the grim realities of the situation on the ground,” the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, warning that the current crisis is overshadowing efforts to find a long-term peace settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

UN peacekeepers rescue sailors from Lebanese ship in distress

Following an extensive search and rescue operation, peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today saved 14 sailors from a Lebanese ship in distress at sea.

UN officials warn of malnutrition threat as Gaza border crossings continue

Every border crossing into the Gaza Strip from Israel remains closed, except for the import of fuel supplies, United Nations officials said today, warning that Palestinians face the rising threat of malnutrition if the current lockdown continues.

Security Council voices outrage at latest assassination in Lebanon

The Security Council today condemned last Friday's terrorist bombing in Lebanon that took the life of a senior member of the country's Internal Security Forces and also killed and injured several others, pledging to help the Government pursue the case.

UN rights expert on freedom of religion voices concern about Israeli restrictions

The security restrictions imposed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory are intrusive, disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary, an independent United Nations human rights expert has stated, warning that they restrict the access of Muslims, Christians and Jews to worship at their holy places.

Continued border closings between Israel and Gaza threaten supplies – UN

All border crossings between Israel and the Gaza Strip remain closed, leaving hundreds of trucks carrying United Nations relief supplies waiting to enter Gaza while threatening the supply of canned meat to Palestinians living inside the territory, UN officials said today.

Secretary-General deplores latest deadly attack in Lebanon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s bombing in Lebanon that reportedly killed an officer of the country’s internal security forces and left five others dead, saying those responsible for this and previous attacks must be brought to justice.

Food rations reduced as a result of closure of Gaza crossings – UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will be unable to provide a full ration to 10,000 Palestinians on Sunday after all three crossings for goods from Israel into the Gaza Strip were closed today, UN aid officials reported.