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Palestine refugees’ relief chief warns Security Council money to fund Gaza operations will run out in mid-June

The head of the UN relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) warned on Wednesday that despite weathering a “truly existential crisis” over funding last year, money to continue operations this year in the Gaza Strip will only last until mid-June. 

News in Brief 29 March 2019

  • UN calls for calm on eve of Gaza protest anniversary
  • Cholera contingencies, a top priority in Cyclone Idai disaster
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UN urges ‘maximum restraint’ as Israel-Hamas tensions rise over rocket attack

The UN Secretary-General said he was “gravely concerned” by the firing of a rocket from Gaza deep into Israel on Monday which reportedly injured seven people, including three children, north of the capital Tel Aviv.

Gaza investigators call on Israel to review ‘rules of engagement’ as Gaza protest anniversary looms

Human Rights Council-appointed investigators urged Israel on Monday to revise its military rules of engagement, shortly before the one-year anniversary of the start of mass demonstrations at the country’s border fence with Gaza, that have left hundreds of Palestinians dead and thousands more injured. 

UN Middle East Coordinator strongly condemns ‘arrests and violence’ by Hamas security forces during Gaza protests

The UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has strongly condemned the violent response by security forces in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during the past three days, towards Palestinian protests over the deteriorating economic situation there.

Gazans faced ‘excessive and unlawful use of force’ in protests, says Human Rights Council-appointed investigator

A UN-appointed probe into violence in Gaza last year in which more than 180 Palestinian protesters were killed – including 35 children - said on Thursday that there was “no justification” for Israel to shoot protesters with live ammunition. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Sara Hossain, Member of the Commission of Inquiry, discusses the report’s main findings.

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Cuts to Gaza funding a ‘severe catastrophe,’ says UN Humanitarian Coordinator

Gazans are scraping by on just four hours of electricity per day due to fuel shortages, a crisis which the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick has called “a terrible situation.” He shared with Reem Abaza, of the UN News Arabic service, his experience with a power shutdown during a visit to a local children’s hospital.

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News in Brief 26 September 2017 (PM)

UN needs to add more “substance” to South Sudan peace effort: Mission chief

The UN needs to add more “substance” to help end South Sudan’s brutal civil war and fulfil the promise of peace for the world’s youngest country.

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News in Brief 12 June 2017 (PM)

UN chief expresses support, “admiration” for UNRWA following criticism

The UN Secretary-General expressed his concern on Monday over “recent public criticism” of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

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Israel occupation “key driver of humanitarian need” in Palestinian territory

Now in its 50th year, Israel’s occupation is being cited by a recent UN report as a “key driver of humanitarian need” in the Palestinian territory and West Bank, including east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

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