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  1. Unbounded Impunity Emboldens Israel

    - Inter Press Service

    SYDNEY, Feb 27 (IPS) - Israel continues to reject calls for a ceasefire in Gaza and now readies itself for an assault on Rafah with a Ramadan deadline for the release of all hostages. It emphatically says, it will oppose any international attempt at creating a Palestinian State, regarded as an “unilateral recognition”. Its unrestrained bombings and ground assaults so far have resulted in close to 30,000 Palestinian deaths more than half of whom are women and children. they have brazenly ignored the International Court of Justice (ICJ) order to take all measures to prevent a plausible genocide. Many thousands are facing starvation and death even when the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) demanded unhindered aid flows to besieged Gaza. All these were possible due to Israel’s ‘unbounded’ impunity which emboldens it.

  2. Security Council hears Gaza famine 'almost inevitable' unless aid is massively scaled up

    - UN News

    Well over half a million Gazans are just a step away from famine, said senior UN humanitarians, briefing the Security Council Tuesday on food security in the stricken enclave. The deputy head of UN aid coordination told ambassadors that famine is "almost inevitable" unless aid can be scaled up immediately.

  3. UN Syria envoy appeals for urgent de-escalation across the Middle East

    - UN News

    Fallout from conflict in the Middle East and ongoing fighting in Syria are having a devastating impact on civilians inside the country, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen told the Security Council on Tuesday.

  4. Gaza: Frustration mounts as UN convoy is blocked outside stricken hospital

    - UN News

    UN relief agencies operating in war-torn Gaza voiced deep frustration on Tuesday over continuing aid access restrictions placed on them by the Israeli military, after ambulances carrying patients away from a stricken hospital at the weekend were stopped for several hours while health workers were searched and detained.

  5. No Ceasefire Gaza Threatens Humanitarian Aid, Raises the Palestinian Question

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 (IPS) - As negotiations within the UN Security Council and internationally continue, the humanitarian response to Gaza continues to be under threat.

  6. Western States Scramble to Explain Themselves, as UN experts call for Arms Transfers to Israel to Cease Immediately

    - Inter Press Service

    GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb 26 (IPS) - There are moments when international treaties, long forgotten by the general public, suddenly spring back to life. Moments when glimpses of reality shine through the thick-laden bureaucracies of the United Nations and catch the attention of the world outside.

  7. Aid delivery to Gaza falls by half since January: UNRWA

    - UN News

    Very little humanitarian aid has entered besieged Gaza this month, with a 50 per cent reduction compared to January, the head of the UN agency that assists Palestine refugees (UNRWA) said on Monday.

  8. Dozens address UN world court hearings on Israeli practices

    - UN News

    “Here are the choices: ethnic cleansing, apartheid or genocide,” said Palestine’s foreign minister at the opening of public hearings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week, with a record 52 States and three international organizations providing comments and presentations on a case based on the UN General Assembly’s request for an advisory opinion on legal consequences arising from Israel’s policies and practices in Occupied Palestinian Territory.

  9. UN rights chief deplores ‘entrenched impunity’ by all parties in Israel, OPT

    - UN News

    The UN’s top human rights official on Friday made a strong call for accountability for serious violations committed by all parties in Gaza, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israel.

  10. UNRWA at ‘breaking point’ warns agency chief

    - UN News

    The UN agency serving Palestine refugees (UNRWA) has reached breaking point due to Israeli calls for its abolition and the associated funding freeze, just when it is needed most, said UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini.

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