Gaza: UN agencies mete out cash for shelter

Gazans whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the Israeli offensive that ended last month have, to date, received more than $7 million in cash from United Nations agencies in a distribution that began last week.

Head of UN aid agency ‘extremely pleased’ over Gaza visit of US pols

The Gaza visits of three United States legislators were a sign of change that could improve the situation on the ground in the war-torn territory, the chief of the United Nations agency responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees said today.

Top UN envoy urges greater international efforts to achieve durable Gaza ceasefire

The top United Nations envoy to the Middle East today urged the international community to redouble its efforts to help achieve a permanent and durable ceasefire in Gaza, warning that anything less is unsustainable and could lead to more violence.

Jordan’s Queen praises UN’s vital lifeline for Gaza

Queen Rania of Jordan today urged all donors to honour their pledges to the United Nations agency responsible for helping millions of Palestinians amid warnings that a shortfall could force it to stop paying thousands of staff such as teachers and doctors.

Security Council renews call for greater humanitarian access to Gaza

The United Nations Security Council again voiced deep concern today about the humanitarian situation in Gaza following Israel’s military offensive against Hamas and stressed “the importance and urgency that more needs to be done.”

Flowers sent to Europe first export from Gaza in a year, UN says

A truckload of cut flowers made it out of Gaza today and into Israel en route to Europe for sale, the first exports from the violence-wracked territory in over a year, the United Nations said today.

UN probe into Gaza incidents begins work

A United Nations investigation into events incidents involving death and damage at the world body’s premises in Gaza during Israel’s recent three-week offensive kicked off today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Ban more determined than ever after Gaza war to achieve Middle East peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today his recent visit to war-wracked Gaza had left him more determined than ever to achieve the two-State solution of Israel and Palestine living side by side in security as well as a lasting peace between Israel and all its Arab neighbours.

Children in Gaza left without textbooks as paper restriction continues –UN

The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees has distributed notebooks to 11 schools in Gaza over the past week, but has halted further distribution since it has not been able to import any additional notebooks.

UN lifts suspension of Gaza food imports after Hamas returns stolen aid

The main United Nations relief agency responsible for feeding 900,000 Palestinian refugees in Gaza today lifted its suspension of aid imports after Hamas returned all the aid it had stolen last week.