United Nations Relief and Works Agency

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UN Rep Sobs in Interview Over Gaza Child Deaths

Chris Gunness: 'My heart is broken for those fragile lives'

(Newser) - After analyzing evidence of missile attacks on Palestinian shelters in the Gaza Strip, United Nations spokesman Chris Gunness appeared in a live television interview with al-Jazeera to discuss the "appalling" impact the Israel-Gaza conflict is having on human lives. "The rights of Palestinians—even their children—are wholesale... More »

UN Cancels Gaza Race After Hamas Rejects Women Runners

Annual marathon is called off over dispute

(Newser) - An annual Gaza marathon race is now kaput because Hamas thinks it's immoral to have male and female runners on the same road. The UN called off April's race after failing to convince Hamas leaders to budge, reports the BBC . More than 800 runners had signed up to... More »

UN: Hamas Seized Food, Blankets

Hamas claims aid was going to opponents

(Newser) - Hamas police in Gaza seized thousands of blankets and food parcels meant for needy residents, the AP reports, threatening to fracture relations between the international agency that cares for most of Gaza's residents and the territory's militant rulers. A UN spokesman called the incident "absolutely unacceptable." More »

Gaza Faces Years of Reconstruction

Blockade, destroyed tunnels make rebuilding nearly impossible

(Newser) - Now that the guns have fallen silent in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave faces what might be the most difficult reconstruction project in recent history, writes Patrick Cockburn in the Independent. Rebuilding in the densely populated zone will face two major obstacles: the economic blockade by Israel and Egypt, and the... More »

Israel Shells UN Headquarters

Offensive escalates even as ceasefire hopes rise

(Newser) - Israeli shells set fire to the UN’s relief agency headquarters and a hospital today, as Israeli tanks pushed deep into Gaza City, the BBC reports. Some 700 people were inside the compound, along with large amounts of fuel and aid supplies; at least three UN employees were injured. Secretary-General... More »

Gaza Camps Offer Arts and Crafts, Not AK-47s

UN hopes its summer camps can hose down extremism in Palestinian territory

(Newser) - The UN’s Relief and Works Agency is combating extremism in the Gaza Strip with some unconventional weapons: hula hoops, finger-painting, and sports, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The agency runs summer programs in 350 locations for Gaza’s youth in an attempt to counteract Hamas’ militant equivalent, where young... More »

Aid Worker Murders Cripple Somali Relief

As crisis reaches flashpoint, 'organized terror campaign' drives out help

(Newser) - Aid workers are fleeing Somalia, even as global food prices soar and a full-blown famine is feared, in response to what officials say is an organized campaign of violence. Messages posted in the capital and sent to aid organizations threaten: “We know all the so-called aid workers. We promise... More »

US Set to Deliver $150M in Aid to Palestinians

First installment of $550M for strapped Palestinian Authority

(Newser) - The US promised today to transfer $150 million in aid to the economically ailing Palestinian Authority, marking the first installment of $550 million the US pledged at a donors' conference in December, Reuters reports. The contribution will be the largest single donation since the Authority was launched in 1994, Prime... More »

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