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Condemning Israeli actions in Gaza, UN rights council calls for end to all attacks

The United Nations Human Rights Council today labelled Israel’s response to recent rocket attacks from Gaza a war crime and “collective punishment against the civilian population” in a resolution that also called for an end to such military actions and to the “firing of crude rockets by Palestinian combatants.”

Food rations reduced as a result of closure of Gaza crossings – UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will be unable to provide a full ration to 10,000 Palestinians on Sunday after all three crossings for goods from Israel into the Gaza Strip were closed today, UN aid officials reported.

Gaza: Secretary-General voices concern over closure of crossing points

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern over Israel�s decision to close crossing points used to transport supplies into Gaza, and highlighted the potential humanitarian consequences of such action.

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.