Ban Ki-moon calls for end to Palestinian attacks, restraint by Israeli forces

Deeply concerned at the escalation of violence in Gaza, the West Bank and southern Israel, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an immediate halt to Palestinian sniper and rocket attacks, as well as maximum restraint by the Israeli Defence Forces.

UN envoy calls for end to Gaza violence

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process today appealed for an end to the violence in Gaza, calling the scale of the recent bloodshed alarming.

Gaza: UN food agency appeals for more funds as number of hungry rises

Twenty-two per cent more people in Gaza now need food aid following the closure of the Karni border crossing with Israel last June, according to a recent study by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

More Palestinians die after being denied access through Israeli checkpoints, UN reports

An increasing number of Palestinians have died after being denied passage through Israeli checkpoints, according to the latest United Nations humanitarian report on the occupied Palestinian territory.

Security Council expresses concern at ceasefire breakdown in Gaza

The Security Council voiced grave concern today at the breakdown of the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the subsequent rise in violence across the troubled region.

Ban Ki-moon urges immediate, unconditional release of missing British journalist

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today called for the immediate and unconditional release of the British journalist Alan Johnston, who was abducted in Gaza one month ago.

In Gaza, UN resumes full aid operations interrupted by factional fighting

The United Nations agency that tends to Palestinian refugees has resumed full operation of its humanitarian activities in Gaza after they had been interrupted by recent inter-factional fighting.

Gaza: UN appeals for $2.5 million to ease ‘humanitarian disaster’ from Israeli attack

The United Nations agency caring for Palestinian refugees has issued an urgent appeal for nearly $2.5 million to ease the “humanitarian disaster” caused by Israel’s assault on the town of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip, which left 82 Palestinians dead, including 39 women and children, 260 wounded and “more wanton destruction” earlier this month.

Israeli grant to UNDP/PAPP to develop Gaza Strip sites evacuated by Israelis

With a $25 million grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Israeli government made its first donation to a UN agency that will give the Palestinian territories an economic boost following Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip.

Gaza: UN agency resumes food distribution to 600,000 Palestinian refugees

The main United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees today resumed distributing emergency food aid to 600,000 people in the Gaza Strip following a three-week suspension after Israel imposed new restrictions at the sole commercial crossing point.