Middle East

News in Brief 17 May 2018

  • Ebola confirmation in DRC city ‘concerning’: UN health chief
  • UN mission deploys more blue helmets to troubled South Sudan state
  • Aid official calls for urgent support for Gaza violence victims
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Leading Palestinian legislator calls for ‘new international engagement’ in two-state solution

Describing a viable two-state solution to peace in the Middle East as “very much in doubt”, a leading Palestinian legislator called on Wednesday for “new international engagement” to move the process forward.

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News in Brief 16 May 2018

  • UNICEF delivers medical supplies to Gaza in wake of deadly protests
  • ‘Peace’ is the word I heard most in South Sudan: UN relief chief
  • Urban planning crucial to meet rise in city dwellers: UN report
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UNICEF delivers medical supplies to Gaza in wake of deadly protests

Two truckloads of urgently needed medical supplies have been delivered to Gaza, where scores of Palestinians were injured during demonstrations along the border fence with Israel earlier this week.

‘Gaza is about to explode,’ UN envoy warns Security Council

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is continuing with no prospects for a political resolution and “Gaza is about to explode,” a senior United Nations official said Thursday, urging both sides to avoid further clashes along the enclave’s border.  

Digital innovation powering WFP efforts to end refugee hunger

Digital cash vouchers powered by the revolutionary technology behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency are helping the UN ensure that food aid is getting to where it’s needed most.

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UN calls for restraint ahead of renewed Palestinian protests at Gaza fence

After last week’s deadly violence near the Gaza fence and with fresh protests planned at the Gaza-Israel border tomorrow, the United Nations has urged all parties to refrain from any act that could lead to further violence or place civilians – especially children – in harm’s way.

UN chief calls for probe into deadly clashes along Israel-Gaza border

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an independent and transparent investigation into clashes at the Gaza fence on Friday between Palestinians participating in the ‘Great Return March’ and Israeli security forces which resulted in at least 15 deaths and a large number of injured.

Korean nuclear crisis, Middle East quagmire eroding global security, UN chief tells Munich summit

A nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula and a quagmire in the Middle East are “two qualitative changes” that further eroded global security over the past year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told an annual conference on international security policy in Munich, Germany.

Giving voice to Yemen’s voiceless: Jamie McGoldrick reflects on two years in charge of the UN’s humanitarian effort

This year’s UN Response Plan for Yemen, describes the war-torn country as “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis” in the world, with more than 22 million people – around three-quarters of the total population – in need of help.

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