New UN report spotlights humanitarian crisis triggered by blockade of Gaza

The ongoing Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, now in its third year, has triggered a “protracted human dignity crisis” with negative humanitarian consequences, according to a new report released today by the United Nations relief wing.

FEATURE: Resilience of Gaza's people lifts spirits of UN aid worker

The recent sight of thousands of kites in the clear summer Gaza sky, setting a new world record, is one of the many pockets of unexpected joy that propels the work of Johanne van Dijk, a United Nations aid worker in the area.

UN, aid agencies call for opening of Gaza crossings to allow rebuilding of schools

Just one month before the start of the academic year in Gaza, the education of thousands of school students is being jeopardized by the ongoing blockade of crossings into the area, a chorus of United Nations voices warned today in an urgent call for Israel to open the borders.

UN begins clearing rubble caused by Gaza conflict

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners today began clearing around 420,000 tons of rubble caused by the recent Gaza conflict, and reiterated the need for Israel to ease its blockade so building materials and other vital supplies can enter the area.

UN human rights probe into Gaza conflict wraps up public hearings in Geneva

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s fact-finding probe into rights violations committed during the recent Gaza conflict heard from victims, witnesses and experts from southern Israel and the West Bank over two days of public hearings which wrapped up in Geneva today.

Gaza: members of UN fact-finding mission hear testimonies during Geneva hearings

The fact-finding mission tasked by the United Nations Human Rights Council with probing rights violations committed during the recent Gaza conflict began the Geneva round of public hearings today, following a similar exercise held in the Gaza Strip last week.

Independent UN rights expert criticizes seizure of aid boat by Israeli forces

An independent United Nations human rights expert today denounced what he described as “the unlawful naval seizure” by an Israeli gunboat of a ship carrying medicine and reconstruction material for the people of Gaza.

Unresolved Gaza crisis hampering efforts to advance Mid-east peace – UN envoy

As members of the diplomatic Quartet prepare to meet in Italy on Friday as part of ongoing efforts to promote peace in the Middle East, the top United Nations envoy to the region said today that a commitment by both Israel and the Palestinians to change the dynamics in Gaza is vital.

Secretary-General calls again on Israel to ease Gaza blockade

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon repeated his call on Israel to ease its blockade on Gaza during a meeting today in New York with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

UN, aid agencies call for end to Israel’s two-year blockade of Gaza

A group of nearly 40 United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today called for an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has now been in force for two years and has left the population of 1.5 million almost totally dependent on international aid.