Gaza

Reopening of crucial Gaza crossing, a decision ‘in the right direction’: UN aid official

Hundreds of trucks of goods are expected to enter Gaza now that Israel has reopened the only functioning commercial crossing into the enclave, the United Nations said on Wednesday.  Hamada Al-Bayari with the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Abelmonem Makki his agency welcomed the decision.

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UN chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing

The decision by Israel to reopen the only functional commercial crossing point into Gaza which has been closed to most deliveries for weeks, has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General.

News In Brief 09 August 2018

  • Secretary-General nominates next UN Human Rights High Commissioner
  • Casualties in Israel and Gaza following overnight violence
  • Syrian aid to East Ghouta hampered by access restrictions
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‘Immediate risk’ of mass hospital closures and infrastructure collapse for 2 million in Gaza

If emergency fuel is not immediately allowed into the Gaza Strip, five key hospitals could be forced to close and other vital facilities could grind to a halt, according to David Carden, head of the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  UN News’s Mustafa Al Gamal spoke with Mr. Carden.

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News In Brief 08 August 2018

  • Secretary-General shows solidarity with Japanese nuclear bomb victims
  • Gaza fuel restrictions must end to avoid major crisis
  • UN Special representative for Iraq briefs Security Council on Basra tensions
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‘Well-being of two million’ in Gaza at stake as emergency fuel runs dry: UN humanitarian coordinator

To avert hospital closures and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets of Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator on Wednesday called on Israeli authorities to allow UN-purchased emergency fuel back across the border of the Palestinian enclave.

UN development agency provides lifeline to Gaza lifeguards, in bid to keep workers from debtors’ prison

If Bilal Bashir, a Palestinian fisherman and lifeguard living on the coast of the Gaza Strip, does not get work over the summer months, he risks being sent to debtors’ prison.

People of Gaza ‘can’t understand silence of international community’

The people of Gaza “can’t understand the silence of the international community” over the “suffering” they are enduring; that’s according to Jamie McGoldrick, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Mr. McGoldrick, who visited the Gaza Strip last week, spoke with UN News.

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UN, Egypt help avert another Israel-Palestine war in Gaza that was ‘minutes away’, Security Council hears

Intense diplomatic efforts by the United Nations and Egypt have helped avoid another Israeli-Palestinian war in Gaza that appeared just “minutes away” over the past weekend, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.

News In Brief 23 July 2018

  • UN Human Rights chief denounces grave ‘assaults’ on Palestinians’ fundamental rights
  • Suicide attack outside Afghan’s main airport condemned by UNAMA chief
  • Cutting financial losses from disasters means ‘dramatic change’ for ordinary lives:  UNISDR
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