UN and partners urge humanitarian ceasefire, return to dialogue by Israelis, Palestinians

The United Nations and its diplomatic partners today called for a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire, as they continue their efforts to bring about an end to the bloodshed and destruction that is tearing apart the lives of so many civilians in Gaza and Israel.

Renewed tension disrupts UN construction projects in Gaza Strip

More than 20 vital United Nations construction projects for schools and housing in Gaza are stalled, and social and economic conditions are worsening due to the closure of crossings with Israel as clashes have increased, the top UN envoy for the Middle East warned today.

Senior UN relief official urges immediate action to resolve Gaza power crisis

A senior United Nations humanitarian official has voiced his concern about the shutdown of Gaza’s main power plant earlier today due to a critical fuel shortage, and warned of its impact on the already vulnerable 1.7 million residents living in the Strip.

Ban welcomes return of normal relations between Israel and Turkey

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the restoration of normal relations between Israel and Turkey, following the May 2010 incident in which nine sea-bound protesters were killed as they sought to breach Israel’s Gaza blockade to deliver humanitarian aid.

Following rocket fire from Gaza, UN urges restraint and protection of civilians

The United Nations today urged restraint by all parties following rocket fire from Gaze into civilian areas in southern Israel.

UN human rights experts deplore high toll on civilians of Gaza-Israel violence

While welcoming the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, a group of independent United Nations human rights experts today deplored the high price paid by civilians in both Gaza and Israel during the recent escalation of violence.

UN agencies raise concerns about providing humanitarian aid in Gaza

The United Nations food relief agency today raised concerns about its ability to reach people in Gaza if conditions worsen, while the UN health agency said medicines were already in short supply.

UN chief and Security Council welcome ceasefire between Israel and Hamas

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – followed by the Security Council – welcomed the ceasefire announced today after a week of devastating violence in southern Israel and Gaza, and stressed that it is imperative that both sides stick to it.

UN Secretary-General calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire by all sides

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate ceasefire by “all sides” involved in the violence in Gaza, saying in Cairo that peace and security for both Israelis and Palestinians could not be achieved through more bloodshed.

Raising humanitarian concerns, UN official stresses need to avoid worsening of Gaza crisis

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees today stressed the need to avoid any further escalation of the latest violence between Gaza and Israel, as he saw firsthand the destruction wreaked on the territory by Israeli airstrikes.