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Report alleges ethical abuses at U.N. agency for Palestinians

Jul 30, 2019 - 9:50 AM

The confidential report by the ethics department of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency describes 'credible and corroborated' allegations of serious ethical abuses, including involving UNRWA's top official

UN WORK. File photo of Palestinian women in a waiting room at an UNRWA-run clinic in al-Nusirat refugee camp in the Gaza strip on January 17, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP

U.N. agency for Palestinians rejects U.S. call to dismantle it

May 24, 2019 - 11:26 PM

'The fact that UNRWA still exists today is an illustration of the failure of the parties and the international community to resolve the issue politically – and one cannot deflect the attention onto a humanitarian organization'

Palestinians wave the flags of Egypt and Palestine as they gather in Gaza City to celebrate after rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah reached an agreement on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt on October 12, 2017. Details of the agreement have not yet been released and a press conference was being planned in the Egyptian capital. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

E.U. urges U.S. to reconsider 'regrettable' decision on U.N. Palestinian agency

Sep 02, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'The regrettable decision of the US to no longer be part of this international and multilateral effort leaves a substantial gap,' says the European Union

'REGRETTABLE DECISION.' A Palestinian boy sits on a chair with a national flag as Israeli authorities demolish a school site in the village of Yatta on July 11 2018. File Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP

Palestinian anger as U.S. ends funding for U.N. agency

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The United States will no longer fund the 'irredeemable flawed' UN Relief and Works Agency, which supports millions of Palestinian refugees and provides education for children

A Palestinian woman uses a gas lamp during a power cut in an impoverished area of the Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip on July 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS

Gaza strike shuts first day of school for more than 200,000

Aug 24, 2015 - 11:45 PM

Several thousand teachers assistants and administrative personnel protest in front of the headquarters of UNRWA the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees

Palestinians are silhouetted as they walk in front of a large national flag during a rally in Gaza City on December 7, 2013. Mahmud Hams/AFP

UN demands aid access to Syria's Yarmuk camp

Apr 21, 2015 - 7:36 AM

The 15 member council also demands that fighters from the Islamic State ISIS group and the Al Qaeda linked Al Nusra Front withdraw and that bombing raids on the Palestinian refugee camp be halted

DESTROYED. A general view taken on April 6, 2015 shows destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Stringer/AFP

UNRWA chief concerned about civilians in Syria's Yarmuk

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:59 AM

UNRWA chief: We are very determined to provide assistance to those who have decided temporarily to leave the camp and find shelter elsewhere

DESTROYED. A general view taken on April 6, 2015 shows destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Stringer/AFP

Syria says military operation needed to expel ISIS from Yarmuk

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:31 AM

Syria s Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar did not spell out when a military operation might begin or how it would be waged but suggested that Syrian troops could be involved

DESTROYED. A general view taken on April 6, 2015 shows destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Stringer/AFP

Syria offers Palestinians its firepower in Yarmuk battle

Apr 08, 2015 - 11:12 AM

PLO leader: Syrian authorities are ready to support the Palestinian fighters in a number of ways including militarily to push [ISIS] out of the camp

CRISIS. A handout file picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 01 April 2015 of Palestinians waiting for food supplies in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, Syria, on 30 January 2014. SANA/Handout/EPA

UN Security Council demands aid access to Yarmuk

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:13 AM

This call comes after ISIS fighters capture large swaths of the Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus in an offensive launched on April 1

CRISIS. A handout file picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 01 April 2015 of Palestinians waiting for food supplies in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, Syria, on 30 January 2014. SANA/Handout/EPA

Palestinians trapped as jihadists seize most of Syria's Yarmuk camp

Apr 05, 2015 - 11:14 AM

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA issue an urgent plea for humanitarian access to the area saying the situation in Yarmuk is a source of universal shame

CRISIS. A handout file picture made available by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on 01 April 2015 of Palestinians waiting for food supplies in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, in Damascus, Syria, on 30 January 2014. SANA/Handout/EPA

Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as ISIS storms Damascus

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:33 AM

UPDATED The Islamic State takes control of a large part of the Yarmuk refugee camp during fighting with Palestinian groups

UNRWA chief joins aid convoy into besieged Damascus camp

Mar 11, 2015 - 8:45 AM

Pierre Krahenbuhl says it is totally unacceptable that some 18 000 residents of Yarmuk had not received aid for so long

Palestinian refugees receive aid items distributed by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) at the Yarmouk refuge camp, south of Damascus, on March 10, 2015. Youssef Karwashan/AFP

Protesters try to storm UN compound in Gaza

Jan 28, 2015 - 9:38 PM

A UN statement condemns the assault saying security forces had not provided enough security ahead of the planned protest

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

Gaza donors meet as US pushes peace talks revival

Oct 12, 2014 - 12:40 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry and 30 of his counterparts join UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon who is seeking a record 1 6 billion 1 3 billion euros in aid to rebuild Gaza

A Palestinian boy holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in the ruins of a destroyed house during the visit of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Beit Hanun town in the nortern Gaza Strip on 09 October 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

All quiet on day two of Gaza truce as Cairo talks continue

Aug 12, 2014 - 10:32 AM

The enclave was quiet following days of Egyptian brokered mediation to stem violence which has killed 1 940 Palestinians and 67 on the Israeli side since July 8

AND THEN SILENCE. Palestinians sit in a makeshift tent next the rubble of the destroyed Al-Nada towers in Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip, 11 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Day 2 of Gaza truce ahead of crunch Cairo talks

Aug 06, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Delegations are now ready for what are expected to be tough talks aimed at securing a permanent ceasefire after the three day window closes

NAVIGATING THE RUINS. A Palestinian boy inspects rubble of their destroyed houses in Khoza-a neighborhood in the east of Khanyounis town in the southern Gaza Strip, 05 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Shunning world pressure, Israel says Gaza assault to go on

Aug 05, 2014 - 12:37 AM

How many more deaths will it take to stop what must be called the carnage in Gaza?

PULLBACK. Israel soldiers and tank, pulling back from the Gaza Strip at dusk, 03 August 2014. Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel declares 7-hour Gaza truce after fury over school strike

Aug 04, 2014 - 7:35 AM

UPDATED The Israel Defense Forces warned in a statement that it would respond to any attempt to exploit this window and attack civilians and soldiers during the truce

PULLBACK. Israel soldiers and tank, pulling back from the Gaza Strip at dusk, 03 August 2014. Atef Safadi/EPA

UN fury over new deadly strike on Gaza school

Aug 04, 2014 - 12:22 AM

US appalled calls for full and prompt investigation; Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties

LONGING FOR PEACE. A Palestinian girl looks out from a balcony in a United Nations (UN) school in central Gaza City, 03 August 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israel calls up more reservists to boost Gaza operations

Jul 31, 2014 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED The call up came after Washington announced it had agreed to restock Israel s dwindling supplies of ammunition despite its sharp condemnation of an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza

BORDER PATROL. Israeli soldiers take up positions close to the Israeli border with Gaza Strip , 22 July 2014. Abir Sultan/EPA

Bloody mayhem at Gaza market as Israel observes 'lull'

Jul 31, 2014 - 7:25 AM

It was supposed to have been a rare pause for Gaza s battered population of 1 8 million; Instead there was further bloody mayhem with more than 30 people killed across Gaza in the first three hours of the lull alone

TARGETED. Smoke rises after Israeli shelling in Al Shejaeiya neighborhood during a military operation in the east of Gaza City, 30 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Gaza toll passes 1,280 on day 23 of Israeli assault

Jul 30, 2014 - 5:04 PM

UPDATED The latest violence saw 6 members of the same family 3 of them children killed when an Israeli shell hit the Tuffah neighborhood in northeastern Gaza City

HIT. Smoke rises from Tuffah neighborhood after Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City, 29 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Deadly shelling hits UN school as Hamas mulls truce

Jul 30, 2014 - 7:19 AM

UPDATED The bloodshed comes as a top level Palestinian delegation including Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders prepare to head to Cairo to discuss a new proposal for a temporary humanitarian ceasefire

HIT. Smoke rises from Tuffah neighborhood after Israeli air strikes in the east of Gaza City, 29 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Gaza rocket halts Israel flights as foes resist truce efforts

Jul 23, 2014 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED As the violence entered its 16th day neither Israel or Islamist movement Hamas appeared willing to end hostilities despite days of diplomatic efforts to coax them into a truce

UNDER ATTACK. Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Al Shejaeiya neighborhood during a military operation in eastern Gaza City, 22 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

Jul 22, 2014 - 12:14 AM

UPDATED Washington urges Israel to take greater steps to prevent innocent casualties and UN chief Ban Ki moon appeals for the violence to stop now as it emerged most of the dead were civilians

AFTERMATH. Palestinians inspect a destroyed house after Israeli air strike in the Gaza City, 21 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Bloody Sunday as 100 Gazans, 13 Israeli soldiers killed

Jul 21, 2014 - 6:47 AM

Late Sunday the armed wing of Hamas claims it has kidnapped an Israeli soldier

RUSH TO SAFETY. Palestinian rescuers evacuate a body following an Israeli military offensive on the Shejaiya neighborhood between Gaza City and the Israeli border, which has left more than 50 people dead in a blistering bombardment which began overnight, medics said on July 20, 2014. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Gaza's Shejaiya: a moonscape strewn with bodies

Jul 20, 2014 - 9:33 PM

Inside Gaza s Shejaiya district are scenes of absolute devastation – and bodies lying in the streets – after a night of non stop Israeli tank fire

RUSH TO SAFETY. Palestinian rescuers evacuate a body following an Israeli military offensive on the Shejaiya neighborhood between Gaza City and the Israeli border, which has left more than 50 people dead in a blistering bombardment which began overnight, medics said on July 20, 2014. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Israel intensifies Gaza assault ahead of diplomatic drive

Jul 20, 2014 - 2:16 PM

Diplomatic efforts to seek a truce are set to intensify Sunday with the arrival of Ban in the region to help Israelis and Palestinians end the violence and find a way forward

AIR ASSAULT. Israeli strikes seen in the east of Gaza strip along the border between Israel and Gaza City on, 20 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

Gaza toll passes 300 as UN's Ban heads to region

Jul 19, 2014 - 10:52 AM

2nd UPDATE Israel s ground incursion launched on the 10th day of an operation to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza has killed dozens and forced thousands of people to flee

UNRWA investigates after rockets found in Gaza school

Jul 17, 2014 - 10:05 PM

Israel regularly accuses Hamas and other Gaza militants of using civilian installations to store and launch rockets including during the current conflict

PATROL. Israeli military cars patrol near the Israeli border with Gaza Strip, 16 July 2014. Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel keeps up deadly air strikes as Gazans flee the north

Jul 14, 2014 - 9:08 AM

World powers prepared to meet over the spiraling violence as the Palestinian death toll from the punishing Israeli air campaign hit 172

ANOTHER ATTACK. Smoke rises after an attack by Israeli aircraft on the east of Gaza City, 13 July 2014. Mohammed Saber/EPA

New violence shatters truce in Syria's Yarmuk

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:31 AM

Meanwhile some good news emerged with Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas released by jihadists in Syria after six months in captivity

THOUSANDS HUNGRY. Yarmouk residents gathered to await a food distribution from UNRWA in January 2014. Image courtesy UNRWA Archives

Thousands trapped in Syria's Yarmuk camp 'slowly dying'

Feb 28, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The United Nations distributed shocking images this week of thousands of people their faces emaciated desperately flocking to receive food aid that only a few were lucky enough to collect

THOUSANDS HUNGRY. Yarmouk residents gathered to await a food distribution from UNRWA in January 2014. Image courtesy UNRWA Archives

Syria death toll tops 136,000; future talks uncertain

Feb 02, 2014 - 8:45 AM

The prospects of a peaceful outcome looked dim after 10 days of talks in Geneva yielded no tangible results and the regime said it was unsure whether it would return to the negotiating table

AMID THE RUINS. A Syrian man walks amid debris and dust following an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on January 31, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Mohammed al-Khatieb/AFP

Gaza's Arab Idol winner Assaf in electrifying European debut

Sep 30, 2013 - 8:40 AM

Mohammed Assaf 24 became a national hero and a rare symbol of Palestinian unity when he won the pan Arab contest in June

ARAB POPSTAR. Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, winner of Arab Idol, performs during his concert, his first outside the Middle East and North Africa, in The Hague, The Netherlands, 29 September 2013. EPA/Paul Bergen

Gaza joy as Palestinian wins Arab Idol

Jun 23, 2013 - 10:38 AM

The handsome tuxedo clad Assaf 23 won after weeks of anticipation from his army of followers

'IDOL' CELEBRATIONS. Thousands of Palestinians from the city of Ramallah celebrating the victory in the Arab Idol contestant of Mohammed Assaf from Gaza City in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 23, 2013. Photo by AFP/Abbas Momani