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Community members listen as Peacekeepers from the UN mission in Mali, MINUSMA, conduct a justice and reconciliation meeting in the central Mopti region.
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Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, Sahel crisis, Iran protests, reconciliation for peace, World Toilet Day

A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UN ‘regret’ over US settlements reversal; Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’;  live ammunition reportedly used against Iranian protesters; reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, promote peace; call for poorest countries to take leading role in their own development agendas; and World Toilet Day.

UN News/Reem Abaza

Palestinians trapped in ‘coercive environment’, says UN rights official

Many Palestinians living under Israeli occupation suffer from a “coercive environment” where settlement expansion has made people’s lives so unbearable that they feel pressured to move, according to a top UN official there.

James Heenan, head of the UN human rights office in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, said that permits for building in the West Bank, were “almost non-existent” now for Palestinians.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict “only way”

“The two-state solution remains the only way to achieve the legitimate national aspirations” of Israelis and Palestinians, the UN Special Coordinator of the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council on Thursday.

Speaking via video-teleconference, Nickolay Mladenov also expressed concern about the threat of what he described as an “abyss of radicalism that is sweeping the region”.

On Wednesday, UN chief Antonio Guterres urged for more support to the two-state solution and warned there was no “Plan B.”