UN chief receives report of panel of inquiry into Gaza flotilla incident

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today received the report of the independent panel of inquiry examining the May 2010 incident involving a flotilla headed for Gaza which found that Israel’s interception of the vessels was “excessive and unreasonable,” while the flotilla acted “recklessly” in attempting to breach the naval blockade.

Gaza’s children defy raid on their UN camp to retake kite-flying record

Defying intimidation, children in Gaza stood their ground to wrestle the world record for kite flying back from China, hours after their United Nations-run summer camp facility was attacked by unknown assailants.

In Gaza, children at UN-backed games break world record for hand painting

After breaking the world record for the number of people dribbling soccer balls last week, children at the United Nations-organized summer games in Gaza today set another record by creating the largest ever hand painting, a 5,620-square metre mosaic of handprints on canvas.

Over 2,000 children set football world record at UN-backed event in Gaza

For the second time in as many weeks, the children of Gaza set a Guinness World Record today in an event organized by the United Nations as part of its 2011 Summer Games programme – this time for the largest number of footballs dribbled simultaneously.

‘Made in Gaza’: UN school students make Formula 1-type car to race in Europe

A Formula 1-style car built by students in a United Nations-run school in Gaza from mainly recycled parts is getting ready to enter the Formula Student auto race in the United Kingdom in a demonstration of determination and creativity in one of the world’s most disadvantaged places.

Gaza enjoys its first marathon in UN-backed fundraising event

Gaza’s first-ever marathon took place today as some 1,500 athletes defied the sweltering heat to compete in a series of running events organized by the United Nations to raise funds for the forthcoming Summer Games that offer local children an opportunity for fun and recreation.

Ban deplores ‘appalling’ murder of kidnapped Italian in Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian national who was abducted in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.