Israel's military said Sunday it has destroyed a tunnel in the Gaza Strip dug by Hamas militants in order to launch cross-border attacks.
The military said it had partially destroyed the tunnel during the 2014 Gaza war and Hamas was attempting to put the structure back in operation.
Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the recycling of any of Hamas' tunnels would be a "futile effort" and a waste of resources that could be used to aid Gaza residents.
In a context of protracted displacement and acute emergencies, Palestine refugee women and girls are also affected by occupation, blockade and conflict. Their situation is frequently made worse by persistent legal and social discrimination. UNRWA is strongly committed to gender equality through the provision of its services and management practices. While remaining committed to this principled approach, the achievements of recent years are at risk if UNRWA is unable to fill its funding gap.
Friday, 16 March 2018, Jerusalem – The absence of a political process aimed at ending the conflict on the basis of two-state solution continues to be the single largest impediment to Palestinian development, according to a new report by the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO).
The political, humanitarian and economic developments of the past six months, underscore the urgent need for a resumption of meaningful negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Only a negotiated two-state solution, based on internationally recognized and agreed principles, and as enshrined in relevant UN Security Council resolutions, can bring lasting peace.
Speech by Ms Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, 15 March 2018 in Rome, at the Conference "Preserving dignity and Sharing Responsibility – Mobilizing Collective Action for UNRWA". UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
Mr Secretary-General, Guterres High Representative Mogherini, Minister Shoukry, Minister Safadi, Commissioner-General Krähenbühl, Director-General Da Silva Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
JEDDAH, 15th March, 2018 (WAM) -- The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, stated that the OIC is currently considering with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) the establishment of an endowment fund to support Palestinian refugees.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 15 March 2018
Today the European Union has made available €82 million for the 2018 operating budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
This funding will provide access to education for 500,000 children, primary health care for more than 3.5 million patients and assistance to over 250,000 vulnerable refugees.
Rome. 15 March, 2015: Powerful political support was expressed for UNRWA, its mandate and critical services to Palestine refugees at a ministerial conference in Rome today entitled “Preserving Dignity and Sharing Responsibility: Mobilizing Collective Action for UNRWA”. The conference saw additional pledges to UNRWA of approximately US$ 100 million by numerous donors as part of an international effort to address the Agency’s funding shortfall, and to sustain its “vital” services in an unstable region.
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the ministerial conference on support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in Rome today:
I thank Egypt, Jordan and Sweden for co-chairing this gathering. I also welcome the high-level presence of the League of Arab States, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the European Union. I would like to start by recalling a memorable encounter I had last year with students at an UNRWA school in Gaza.
The Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation (ACCD) has contributed EUR 100.000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to provide psychological support to 1028 Palestine refugee children in Gaza thorough its Community Mental Health Program (CMHP).
Minister highlights UK’s commitment to supporting Palestinian refugees and calls on other countries to do more
The UK is supporting the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) to help educate 500,000 children and provide health services for 3 million Palestinian refugees, including those affected by the brutal conflict in Syria.
At the end of Feb 1/20 partners (0 UN, 1 INGO) and 1/33 HRP projects are partially funded.
West Bank/East Jerusalem
Demolition response Demolished structures: 70 of which 20 (28%) are residential, displacing 81 individuals, including 35 children
Donor-funded structures: 15 of which 4 are residential
11 households have received a shelter response in 2018; 1 case is pending for the lack of access.
Demolition or confiscations of all structures have affected 301 people during 2018.
● Donations of $3.5 million avert a halt of emergency fuel program in Gaza, preventing the collapse of vital services; available funding will be exhausted by mid-2018.
● Newly-built classrooms demolished in a Bedouin community located in an area planned for settlement expansion; 44 schools in Area C and East Jerusalem at risk of demolition.
● Closure of a West Bank village, ongoing for over one month, generates hardship and raises concern about collective punishment.
Today, the Minister of Social Development of the State of Palestine, H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shaer, and the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick, launched the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2018, to support the humanitarian needs of 1.9 million Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
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