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‘Better late than never’: Gazans react to Security Council ceasefire resolution

The US-led resolution calls for an immediate ceasefire, the release of some hostages together with Palestinian prisoners, followed by the withdrawal of Israeli forces from populated areas and the return of Palestinians to their homes throughout Gaza while humanitarian aid…

Conflict and lawlessness hamper food aid delivery in Gaza: WFP

“Driving through Gaza City to Jabalia, the destruction is unbelievable.  In the North of Gaza, I didn’t see one single building intact and there was constant shelling with drones buzzing overhead,” he said.  “The people here are traumatised and exhausted….

UN envoy warns Yemenis not to return to the battlefield

Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen Hans Grundberg warned ambassadors in the Security Council that recent months have seen a “gradual increase” in fighting in several locations, as well as consistent threats by all sides to return to…

Gaza: 8,000 children diagnosed with malnutrition amid ongoing shelling

In a stark assessment of the dire situation after more than eight months of war, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Tuesday that “a significant proportion of Gaza’s population is now facing…

Biden arrives at G7 in Italy with sanctions for Russia, support for Ukraine, but no deal on Gaza

Brindisi, Italy —  U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Brindisi, Italy, late Wednesday ahead of his meeting with leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized democracies. He came armed with fresh sanctions for Russia, a new bilateral security agreement for…

Gaza: Hamas, Israel committed war crimes, claims independent rights probe

This was among the conclusions listed in the report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel, released on Wednesday. “Amid months of losses and despair, retribution and atrocities, the only…

Thousands of children in Gaza at risk of dying from lack of food, medical care

The United Nations children’s agency says the lives of thousands of children in southern Gaza are at risk because of the escalation of the Rafah offensive. “Horrific images continue to emerge from Gaza of children dying before their families’ eyes…

Over 180 migrants dead or missing in latest tragedy off Yemen, UN agency reports

Some 260 people were abroad the vessel that had departed from Bossaso, in northeast Somalia, in the early hours of Sunday, bound for Yemen, about 330 kilometres (about 205 miles) away. “This recent tragedy is another reminder of the urgent…

Gaza: ‘high time’ for ceasefire and hostage release, says Guterres

Speaking in Jordan at an international conference prompted by the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Gaza, Mr. Guterres insisted that after more than eight months of intense hostilities, “the horror must stop”. “I welcome the peace initiative recently outlined by President…

Yemen: UN chief demands release of aid workers held by Houthis

Four additional UN staff members have been detained and held incommunicado by the de facto authorities since 2021 and 2023, without access to their families or their respective organizations and agencies.  “This is an alarming development that raises serious concerns…