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Absence of ‘credible political solution’ causing severe consequences in Middle East: UN chief

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UN News Service

22 September 2014 – The absence of a credible political solution is having “severe consequences” on the Middle East, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today as he urged all parties to reverse the negative trend toward hostilities and return to peace talks that tackle the root causes of the crisis.

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Accountability for Israeli, Palestinian rights violations vital for peace – UN official

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UN News Service

22 September 2014 – A senior United Nations official today urged both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to carry out their own investigations into the recent conflict and take steps to ensure accountability for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that were committed.

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World + 13 others
In talks with arriving world leaders, UN chief spotlights climate change, Ebola, regional cooperation

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UN News Service

21 September 2014 – Ahead of this week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly's annual high-level session Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a host of top Government officials throughout the day, continuing the tradition of meeting arriving world leaders for one-on-one talks spotlighting key international issues.

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Palestinians face crunch talks in Cairo ahead of UN bid

09/22/2014 01:40 GMT

by Nasser Abu Bakr

RAMALLAH, September 22, 2014 (AFP) - The Palestinians launch an intensive diplomatic campaign on three fronts this week: tackling internal divisions, resuming truce talks with Israel and making a fresh appeal to the United Nations.

Most of the diplomatic activity will take place in Cairo where representatives of the Hamas and Fatah factions are to gather on Tuesday to address issues blocking the implementation of a reconciliation deal, which was inked in April but is now threatening to collapse.

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UNRWA urges donor community to take firm stand against mass forcible transfer of Palestinian Bedouins

Jerusalem

UNRWA today urged the donor community to step up its opposition to the planned transfer of thousands of Bedouins from the central areas of the West Bank to the newly created town of Nweima near Jericho.

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Israel says to join Cairo truce talks Tuesday

09/21/2014 10:17 GMT

JERUSALEM, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - Israel said on Sunday it would send a delegation to attend indirect Gaza truce talks with Hamas in Cairo next week, although a minister said they would likely achieve nothing.

Confirmation that Israel would return to the Egyptian capital on Tuesday to resume negotiations on cementing an August 26 ceasefire agreement which halted 50 days of bloodshed in Gaza, came from a senior Israeli official, who refused to give further details.

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President announces US$ 1 million in financial assistance to Palestine

President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that Sri Lanka will be providing US$ I million in financial assistance to Palestine.

A Media Release issued by the Presidential Spokesman and International Media Unit on 14th August 2014 making this announcement was handed over to Ms. Hana Abu Hakemah, Deputy Head of the Asia, Africa & Australia of the Palestinian Foreign Ministry by Mr. M. Siraj Ahamed, Attaché of the Representative Office during a meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ramallah recently.

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UNICEF Announces US$ 300,000 to the UNRWA Assistive Devices Programme

Beirut

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting the UNRWA Assistive Devices Programme in Lebanon with a generous new donation of US$ 300,000 to address the urgent needs of children with disabilities. This amount is in addition to the US$ 80,000 that UNICEF has already contributed to the UNRWA Assistive Devices Programme as part of its pledge to ensure a better life and future for Palestine refugee children in Lebanon.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 18 September 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

UNRWA distributed food parcels and bread to 337 families and provided medical treatment to 191 patients in Yarmouk today, 18 September. This is the first day of UNRWA distribution after four days without access between 14 and 17 September due to sporadic clashes in the surrounding areas.

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Bring “Mediterranean mass murderers” to justice – UN Human Rights Chief

GENEVA (19 September 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged Egypt and other North African and European States with relevant information to make a concerted effort to bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of between 300 and 500 refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last week.

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Protection of civilians weekly report | 9-15 September 2014 [EN/AR/HE]

Key issues

  • One man killed amidst a general decline in clashes across the West Bank

  • 11 structures demolished in Area C, displacing 14 Palestinians

  • Four Palestinians, including two children, died of wounds from the conflict in the Gaza Strip

  • Rafah Crossing remains open but travel is restricted

  • Resumption of Gaza Power Plant pending fuel supply

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Satellite based damage assessment of Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territory (July-August 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage and destruction in Gaza Strip, resulting from recent violence in the area. Using a satellite image collected 27 & 28 August 2014 by the Pleiades satellite, and compared with a pre-crisis Pleiades image collected 6 July 2014, UNOSAT analysis has identified 6,769 destroyed structures, 3,565 severely damaged structures, and 4,938 moderately damaged structures in the analysed area. In addition, 7,473 craters on roads and in agricultural and non-urbanized areas are also visible in the crisis images.

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2009 - 2014 Density Comparison of Destroyed and Severely Damaged Structures in Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territory (as of 19 September 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates a density comparison of satellite-detected damages in Gaza Strip, which resulted from recent conflicts in this area in both 2009 and 2014.

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Density of Damage Assessment in Gaza Strip, Occupied Palestinian Territory (as of 19 September 2014)

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UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage and destruction in the Gaza Strip, resulting from recent conflicts in the area. Using satellite imagery collected 14, 27 & 28 August 2014 by the Pleiades satellite, and compared with a pre-crisis Pleiades image collected 6 July 2014, UNOSAT analysis has identified 6,761 destroyed structures, 3,565 severely damaged structures, and 4,938 moderately damaged structures in the analysed area. In addition, 7,473 craters on roads and in agricultural and non-urbanized areas are also visible in the crisis images.

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Gaza Emergency Weekly Situation Update 12-18 September 2014

Highlights

  • On 16 September the UN reached an agreement with Israel and Palestinian Authorities on a new reconstruction mechanism to allow for an increase in the amount of reconstruction material to be brought in for the recovery and rehabilitation effort in the Gaza Strip.

  • During the reporting period, from 12 - 18 September, the Logistics Cluster has received six requests for facilitating the transportation of humanitarian relief including food, water, sanitation and health (WASH) and shelter items. All have been completed.

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'Dud' Israeli shell kills 3 in Gaza

09/19/2014 17:23 GMT

GAZA CITY, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - A dud Israeli shell from this summer's Gaza's war exploded Friday, killing three people and leaving two others wounded in the north of the Palestinian enclave, medics said.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra, who said one of three wounded had died in hospital, said the shell exploded in the Shejaiya neighbourhood.

The district on the edge of Gaza City was subjected to some of the heaviest Israeli shelling during the July-August conflict.

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Palestine: External Situation Report #27 19/September/2014

Highlights

  • WFP is expanding its partnership with UNICEF and HelpAge for emergency assistance in Gaza. WFP and UNICEF are providing vouchers to families which allow them to purchase school uniforms for up to two children per family, while WFP and HelpAge are providing food vouchers to support the specific needs of elderly people in Gaza.

  • WFP is supporting UNRWA and UNDP with shelter cluster assessment activities in Gaza through digital data collection and mapping.

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Briefing: What's in the UN's new Gaza agreement?

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GAZA, JERUSALEM, DUBAI, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - On 16 September the UN announced a new deal that is supposed to ease restrictions on the Gaza Strip. In his public statement on the day, Robert Serry, the UN envoy for the Middle East, gave few specific details about the deal but said it would "enable work at the scale required in the Strip, involving the private sector in Gaza and giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority in the reconstruction effort."

IRIN:

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Mercy-USA contributes US$275,000 to help Palestinians in Gaza

Washington, DC

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development and UNRWA recently announced a US$ 275,000 agreement to provide emergency relief assistance to Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip.

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Gaza Situation Report 61, 18 September 2014

September 08:00hrs – 18 September 08:00hrs | issue 61

Gaza Situation Reports will now be issued by UNRWA on a weekly basis on Wednesdays. The next report will be issued on Wednesday 24th of September.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 19 UNRWA school buildings continue to serve as Collective Centers for approximately 58,141 internally displaced persons (IDPs).