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Essential Services On Verge of Shutdown in Gaza as Emergency Fuel Set To Run Out

Supplies of emergency fuel provided by the United Nations for critical facilities in Gaza are being fast depleted, a senior UN relief official there warned on Sunday.

“At least one hospital has been forced to shut down for a few hours, and services are being dramatically reduced at others,” said Jamie McGoldrick, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. More.

Middle East: Appealing for ceasefire, Ban urges Israel, Palestinians to find common ground

10 July 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned the United Nations Security Council of the “risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza” and made an urgent appeal for maximum restraint, saying his “paramount concern is the safety and well-being of all civilians, no matter where they are.”

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Wrapping up Middle East visit, Ban voices hope 2013 will be ‘decisive’ year for peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. UN Photo/Rick BajornasSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on a visit to Jerusalem, stressed his full support for direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, and voiced the hope that this year will be a decisive one for peace in the Middle East. “I am encouraged that Israelis and Palestinians have re-engaged in direct dialogue. But for these negotiations to have a Continue reading

‘Arab Idol’ winner Mohammad Assaf, first youth envoy for Palestine refugees

UNRWA Spokesperson Sami M’shasha (left) congratulates the winner of Arab Idol, Mohammad Assaf, on his appointment as UNRWA’s first ever Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestine Refugees. Photo: UNRWAMohammad Assaf – a resident of a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and the first Palestinian to win the singing contest “Arab Idol” – has been named a regional youth ambassador by the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees across the Middle East. The head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees Continue reading