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Upsurge in violence makes breaking Israeli-Palestinian deadlock more urgent

The recent serious escalation of violence in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip makes it ever more urgent to break the deadlock in the Middle East peace talks, the top United Nations political officia

Ban calls for more Israeli steps to lift Gaza blockade

The Israeli Government needs to take more steps to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, particularly to allow the free import of construction materials into the area, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sai

Ban supports Greek initiative to send humanitarian aid to Gaza

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced support for a Greek Government initiative to use vessels from that country to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip through regular existing channels, in

UN: Gaza gets its own marathon

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees will stage the first-ever marathon in Gaza next month as part of its annual efforts to provide residents of the Strip with recreational opportu

UN: Humanitarian crisis in Gaza dire

The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees is urging immediate intervention to tackle the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, where the unemployment rate rose to 45 per cent at the

Jimmy Carter: “Gaza blockade is one of the greatest human rights...

London - Former US president Jimmy Carter on Sunday described Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip as "one of the greatest human rights crimes now existing on Earth."In a speech at a literary festival in Hay-on-Wye, in Wales, the 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner said: "There is no reason to treat these people this way," referring to the blockade, in place since June 2007.