UN appeals for $613 million to help Gaza recover after Israeli offensive

The United Nations today launched an appeal for $613 million to help people affected by Israel’s three-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which killed some 1,300 Palestinians, injured more than 5,300, 34 per cent of them children, and caused widespread damage and destruction.

Israel re-opens crossings to Gaza, but UN stresses need for much greater access

Israel today reopened crossings into Gaza that it had closed yesterday following a bomb attack along the border that killed a soldier, but the top United Nations official in Gaza stressed that access remained a problem with thousands of tons of generously donated aid sitting in Egypt, Jordan and the ports of Israel.

Israel must allow full access for aid and supplies to rehabilitate Gaza – UN relief chief

The top United Nations humanitarian official today called on Israel to immediately open up crossing points into Gaza for full access for massive relief aid and reconstruction supplies following its devastating three-week offensive against Hamas militants.

Thousands of Gazans remain homeless as UN again calls for aid access

Thousands of Gazans remain homeless and hospitals still have a large number of intensive care patients over a week after a ceasefire ended Israel’s devastating three-week offensive against Hamas militants, according to the latest United Nations update, which calls for immediate unhindered humanitarian access to the Strip’s 1.5 million inhabitants.

UN humanitarian chief continues assessing needs in post-conflict Gaza

The top United Nations humanitarian official, who is on the ground to assess needs in Gaza, has lauded the determination of those working to address the immediate needs of people in the wake of the recent three-week Israeli military offensive.

UN official urges steps to ensure Gaza crisis does not lead to further extremism

There is growing anger in Gaza over the recent Israeli military operation that inflicted death, damage and destruction in the territory, a senior United Nations official warned today, stressing that ensuring accountability and restoring the local economy are the main ways to make certain the conflict does not create more extremists.

Ban calls on regional and international leaders to help sustain Gaza truce

Calling the halt to fighting in Gaza “fragile,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on leaders in the region and around the globe to help sustain it and allow the recovery of its devastated population.

Senior UN officials survey ‘shocking’ aftermath of Israeli offensive in Gaza

Senior United Nations officials today began their assessment of the humanitarian needs in Gaza, getting a first-hand look at the damage and destruction inflicted on the Strip’s 1.5 million residents during three weeks of Israeli military operations.

UN to embark on humanitarian assessment in post-conflict Gaza

The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Jerusalem today to begin an assessment of the needs on the ground in the Gaza Strip following the three-week Israeli military offensive that came to a halt just a few days ago.

In wake of Gaza crisis, Ban urges ‘massive’ effort to resolve Arab-Israeli conflict

Having just returned from Gaza, where he saw first-hand the suffering and destruction wrought by Israel’s three-week military offensive, including the still-smouldering ruins of a shelled United Nations compound, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged a “massive” international effort to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.