UN rights chief unveils members of independent probe into Gaza conflict

The top United Nations human rights official today announced the composition of the independent committee tasked with monitoring Israeli and Palestinian investigations into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip that ended early last year.

Gaza flotilla inquiry must comply with standards, UN expert says

Any inquiry set up by Israel to investigate the Gaza flotilla incident which led to the deaths of nine civilians must be given a genuine capacity to find facts or it will not be considered credible, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions said today.

Ban in phone talks with leaders of Turkey and Israel on probe into ship incident

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today held telephone discussions with the Prime Ministers of Turkey and Israel on options for moving forward with the investigation called for by the United Nations Security Council following the incident in which a convoy of aid ships bound for Gaza was intercepted leading to loss of life.

Security Council calls for prompt, impartial probe into deadly Gaza convoy incident

The Security Council today condemned the acts that led to the deaths of at least 10 civilians after the Israeli military yesterday intercepted a convoy of aid ships bound for Gaza, calling for a “prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation.”

Secretary-General 'shocked' by deadly raid on Gaza aid flotilla

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his shock at the deadly military interception on boats loaded with relief supplies headed for Gaza, calling on Israel to fully explain its actions.

Ban urges prompt resolution as boats loaded with supplies head for Gaza

As several boats loaded with relief supplies head for the Gaza Strip, the United Nations has urged all parties to press ahead towards resolving the problem.

UN Human Rights Council calls for independent inquiry into Gaza conflict

The United Nations Human Rights Council today, echoing the General Assembly, called on the Israeli Government and the Palestinian side to carry out independent and credible investigations into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip that ended early last year.

In Gaza, UN teams destroy unexploded ordnance with white phosphorus

Special United Nations bomb disposal units today successfully destroyed two unexploded ordnance (UXO) containing white phosphorus in the Gaza Strip, the first of a series of planned activities to be conducted in the region over the coming months.

Israel tightens vice on Gaza Strip, UN reports

The ability to bring essential commodities into Gaza, already under an Israeli blockade that is undermining health care, the economy and rehabilitation after last year’s devastating Israeli offensive, was further cut in January by more crossing closures, according to the latest United Nations update.

Israel compensates UN for damages during last year’s Gaza offensive

Israel has paid the United Nations $10.5 million for damage to the world body’s properties in Gaza during last year’s Israeli offensive against Hamas.