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UN urges Egypt to regularly open Rafah crossing (25.11.2015)
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Egyptian authorities to put in place a regular schedule to open the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt to allow for the movement of people, especially humanitarian cases.
The U.S.-led peacekeeper force in the insurgency-wracked Sinai peninsula will remain unchanged after Egypt and Israel together rebuffed proposals to scale it back, an Egyptian official said on Tuesday.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has publicly admitted for the first time that he turned down a chance for a two-state peace deal with Israel in 2008 that would have given him nearly all the land the Palestinians wanted.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces “immense challenges” to his efforts to bring reconciliation and broaden the political process in his strife-torn nation, confronting obstacles from all sides, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today.
UN: Iraqi forces making progress against IS (11.11.2015)
The United Nations' top official in Iraq said Wednesday that Iraq’s security forces are making slow but deliberate progress against self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) fighters who control large swaths of that country’s territory.
Report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL (04.11.2015)
As part of the Hebron Accords, an international observation force was deployed in Hebron on Jan. 21, 1997. Rebecca Bengtsson, press and information officer of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), told Al-Monitor that the international group is “a civilian observer mission”...
The United Nations warned Wednesday that a deadly surge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians is leading them toward "catastrophe" as new knife attacks struck the volatile West Bank.
Mahmoud Abbas seeks UN ‘protection’ for Palestinians (28.10.2015)
The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, used an appearance at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday to appeal for United Nations intervention to defuse the recent wave of violence between Palestinians and Israelis.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Wednesday that he was "not optimistic" following his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to urge them to defuse tensions, diplomats said.