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26 Jul 2017 description

Israeli soldiers and police stormed a Palestinian hospital twice over the past week terrifying staff and patients and in some cases preventing doctors from providing emergency medical care to critically injured patients, said Amnesty International today.

25 Jul 2017 description
report UN News Service

25 July 2017 – The United Nations envoy on Middle East peace has warned that developments over the past 11 days at holy sites in the Old City in Jerusalem have demonstrated the “grave risk” that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could become a religious conflict that could ultimately engulf the rest of the region.

25 Jul 2017 description

(As delivered)

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

As we meet today to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, the risks of escalation and violence in the region continue to increase, despite the emergence of a newfound agreement among a number of countries of the need to stand united against terrorism and radicalism.

As societies continue to fracture along ethnic or religious lines and non-state actors continue to control large territories, recent events in Jerusalem resonate across the Middle East.

25 Jul 2017 description

In June, the security situation continued to deteriorate in the south. The situation in Dera’a city and camp, Jilien, and Muzeirib remained extremely tense due to the heavy shelling, mortars and clashes, amid airstrikes. In Rif Damascus, violent clashes continued in Yarmouk, Douma, Harasta, Jobar, and Hajar el Aswad.

25 Jul 2017 description
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July 25th, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) is watching closely the critical situation in Jerusalem, as clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces continue for over a week now. A $400,000 programme is underway to support the medical sector of the holy city.

According to media reports, four people have been killed and hundreds injured in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Palestinians are protesting against the blockade on the sanctuary of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

24 Jul 2017 description

New York, 24 July 2017

The following is a near-verbatim of today’s Security Council Media Stakeout by Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, on the situation in the West Bank:

Good afternoon,

I want to start by thanking the Chinese Presidency of the Security Council for accepting the request by Egypt, Sweden and France to have a discussion on the situation in Jerusalem before the open debate tomorrow.

Allow me to say a few words about what I presented today to the Security Council.

24 Jul 2017 description

Following the killing of two Border Police officers by three Israeli citizens in the Temple Mount compound (the al-Aqsa Mosque) on Friday, 14 July 2017, Israel blocked all the roads leading into Jerusalem’s Old City and closed the al-Aqsa Mosque to worshippers. On Sunday, access to the compound was restored only to worshippers who are Jerusalem residents, and only via two gates – al-Asbat and al-Majles – after metal detectors were installed there.

24 Jul 2017 description
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Letter of transmittal

Letter dated 25 May 2017 from the Chair of the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East addressed to the Commissioner-General of the Agency

24 Jul 2017 description

24 July 2017

The seven-year-long conflict in Syria has resulted in massive displacement, hardship and suffering for hundreds of thousands of Palestine refugees, large-scale destruction of infrastructure, and immense loss of lives and livelihoods.

22 Jul 2017 description

"The envoys of the Middle East Quartet from the Russian Federation, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations are deeply concerned by the escalating tensions and violent clashes taking place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem.

They strongly condemn acts of terror, express their regret for all loss of innocent life caused by the violence, and hope for a speedy recovery to the wounded.

22 Jul 2017 description
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Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 22 July 2017 – “The worst of the violence in Mosul may be over but for too many children in Mosul and in the region, extreme suffering continues.

22 Jul 2017 description

New York

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General strongly condemns this evening’s stabbing attack by a Palestinian perpetrator, which resulted in the death of three members of an Israeli family in the Halamish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

He conveys his condolences to the bereaved and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.

The Secretary-General again calls on all to refrain from any actions or words that could further escalate an already volatile situation.

21 Jul 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/PAL/1394

BAKU, Azerbaijan, 21 July — The International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem concluded this afternoon with the introduction of a communiqué on behalf of its organizers condemning the recent closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and restrictions on worshippers therein, as well as a discussion of legal issues related to the 50-year-old Israeli occupation.

21 Jul 2017 description
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GA/PAL1393

BAKU, Azerbaijan, 21 July — Participants in the International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem continued to explore the specific impacts of the Israeli occupation on the city’s economy, development and social life — as well as opportunities for support from both donors and investors — as the meeting entered its second and final day.

21 Jul 2017 description

SG/SM/18620-PAL/2213

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General deeply deplores the death of three Palestinians in clashes today with the Israeli security forces and calls for these incidents to be fully investigated. His thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.

21 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

Robert Berger

At least two Palestinians were killed Friday in east Jerusalem after neighborhood clashes broke out Friday over a disputed Jerusalem holy place sacred to Muslims and Jews.

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police near the Mosque of al-Aqsa in Jerusalem’s Old City, the site Jews call the Temple Mount. Palestinian leaders called for a day of rage to protest Israel’s installation of metal detectors at the holy place, after three Arab gunmen killed two Israeli policemen at the site a week ago.

20 Jul 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/PAL/1392

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

BAKU, Azerbaijan, 20 July — Warning that tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem had reached a breaking point, speakers outlined a range of challenges — from increasing discrimination against Palestinian women to a recent “weaponization of religion” at the Al-Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount — as the International Conference on the Question of Jerusalem held its first plenary session this afternoon.

20 Jul 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/PAL/1391

GENERAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON THE INALIENABLE RIGHTS OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE