Former war crimes prosecutor to head UN rights probe into Gaza conflict

The former chief prosecutor of two United Nations criminal tribunals, Richard J. Goldstone, will lead an investigation into violations of human rights and international law during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip, the Human Rights Council announced today.

Protection 'matter of life and death' for people of Gaza, Israel – UN official

Upholding the rule of law and protection are essential to prevent further civilian deaths in the wake of the recent hostilities in Gaza, a senior United Nations official said today.

Ongoing entry restrictions negatively affecting living conditions for Gazans – UN

Restrictions on imports and exports, in addition to limitations on humanitarian deliveries, continue to seriously affect the living conditions of the population of Gaza, the United Nations has reported.

UN voices concern over rift preventing patients leaving Gaza for treatment

United Nations agencies operating in the Gaza Strip have expressed serious concern over the halting of patients leaving the area for specialised hospital treatment after Hamas took control of the health department tasked with making referrals abroad.

Efforts to end current Gaza ‘impasse’ imperative – UN political chief

A top United Nations official today called for progress to be made in implementing a January Security Council resolution – which calls for a durable ceasefire in Gaza, free access for relief workers and the re-opening of crossings – to break the current impasse and lift the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the region.

Greater access for goods and people into Gaza a must, stresses UN

The overall levels of humanitarian assistance allowed into Gaza remain below what is urgently required, the United Nations reports, adding that lengthy clearance procedures for aid workers are also hampering vital relief efforts.

Gaza: situation at border crossings ‘intolerable,’ Ban says

A lasting ceasefire was urgently needed to keep Gaza crossings open, which will allow the Palestinian economy to recover, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Children ‘innocent victims of conflict’ says UNICEF chief on visit to Gaza

Children pay the price of armed conflict, stressed the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) at the conclusion of a week-long Middle-East trip this weekend that included a visit to Gaza, where she saw first-hand the effects of the recent hostilities in the region.

Gaza: after donor conference, aid inflow still restricted, UN says

Despite calls at yesterday’s donor conference for the unfettered import of aid and reconstruction supplies to the combat-battered Gaza strip, Israeli authorities continue to block crucial supplies, the United Nations said today.

Durable peace must be foundation for rebuilding Gaza, Ban tells donors meeting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed today to international donors to provide the crucial funds needed for Gaza’s reconstruction after the recent Israeli offensive, while stressing once again the importance of a durable ceasefire and a comprehensive peace deal.