United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/43808/all en UN cuts Gaza food aid after protest at local offices http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130405/un-cuts-gaza-food-aid-after-protest-at-local-offices <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations said it has suspended food distribution to about 25,000 Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, after demonstrators angry at aid cuts stormed a UN depot.</p> <p>Dozens of Gazans forced their way into the field office of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on Thursday, demanding reinstatement of a monthly cash allowance to poor families which was halted from April 1 due to UNRWA budget cuts.</p> <p>The protesters were removed by UN security when they tried to break into a building, staff told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130405/un-cuts-gaza-food-aid-after-protest-at-local-offices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Asia United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Fri, 05 Apr 2013 06:16:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5802489 at http://www.globalpost.com UN says food distribution centers reopen in Gaza http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/un-says-food-distribution-centers-reopen-gaza <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> The United Nations says it has reopened food distribution centers in Gaza that closed last week following a violent protest at a U.N. compound.</p><P>U.N. spokesman Chris Gunness says the agency's decision was based on "assurances ... received from different local parties" on the safety of its property and staff.</p><P>Gunness says the distribution centers reopened on Tuesday. He says the U.N. may close its facilities in the future if its employees are threatened again. Dozens of people stormed the U.N.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/un-says-food-distribution-centers-reopen-gaza" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Business Gaza War Labor Law United Nations United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:48:05 +0000 Asianet 5809293 at http://www.globalpost.com UN Palestinian agency to stop paying wages http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131119/un-palestinian-agency-stop-paying-wages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations will stop paying wages to thousands of workers helping Palestinian refugees next month because of a growing cash crisis, a top UN official said Tuesday.</p> <p>The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), one of the UN's oldest agencies, faces a "dire situation" with a $36 million deficit, under secretary general Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131119/un-palestinian-agency-stop-paying-wages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Asia United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:16:45 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5993738 at http://www.globalpost.com UN condemns Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131225/un-condemns-israeli-demolitions-palestinian-homes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees on Wednesday condemned Israeli demolitions of Palestinian structures in the West Bank and called on Israel to "immediately halt" them.</p> <p>"UNRWA condemns the latest demolitions in the West Bank, which displaced 68 people, the most recent of which occurred on Christmas Eve," spokesman Chris Gunness said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131225/un-condemns-israeli-demolitions-palestinian-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Israeli–Palestinian conflict United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:48:28 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6028963 at http://www.globalpost.com UN condemns Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131225/un-condemns-israeli-demolition-palestinian-homes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Wednesday condemned the Israeli demolition of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank and called on Israel to "immediately halt" them.</p> <p>"UNRWA condemns the latest demolitions in the West Bank, which displaced 68 people, the most recent of which occurred on Christmas Eve," spokesman Chris Gunness said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131225/un-condemns-israeli-demolition-palestinian-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Business Hospitality Israeli–Palestinian conflict Law Politics United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East War AFP Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:45:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6029013 at http://www.globalpost.com Palestinian police, refugee camp residents clash over U.N. strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140112/palestinian-police-refugee-camp-residents-clash-over-un-strike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ali Sawafta</p> <p>JALAZOUN, West Bank (Reuters) - At least 50 people were hurt on Sunday in a clash between Palestinian police and residents of a refugee camp protesting against a strike in a U.N. aid agency that has paralyzed services, police and an ambulance service said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140112/palestinian-police-refugee-camp-residents-clash-over-un-strike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Business Forced migration Labor Law United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East War Thomson Reuters Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:17:47 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6041263 at http://www.globalpost.com Aid enters besieged Damascus refugee camp: Palestinian official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140118/aid-enters-besieged-damascus-refugee-camp-palestinian-official-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Food aid entered the besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria on Saturday for the first time in four months, a Palestinian official and Syrian state media said.</p> <p>The delivery of food comes after reports that dozens of people in the camp in southern Damascus have died of hunger and lack of medical care.</p> <p>"A first batch of food aid entered successfully this morning and distribution to residents has begun," Palestine Liberation Organisation official Anwar Abdul Hadi told AFP.</p> <p>Syrian state media also reported the delivery, citing a second Palestinian official.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140118/aid-enters-besieged-damascus-refugee-camp-palestinian-official-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Palestinian refugees United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:47:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6046652 at http://www.globalpost.com Dozens evacuated from besieged Damascus camp: Palestinian official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/dozens-evacuated-besieged-damascus-camp-palestinian-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Dozens of critically ill residents of a besieged Palestinian refugee camp south of the Syrian capital Damascus were evacuated on Sunday, a Palestinian official told AFP. </p> <p>The Yarmuk camp has been largely under the control of Syrian opposition forces for months and government forces have imposed a siege and choked off the entry of supplies into the camp since September.</p> <p>"The evacuation has begun of a number of critical humanitarian cases from the Yarmuk camp," said Palestine Liberation Organisation official Anwar Abdul Hadi.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140119/dozens-evacuated-besieged-damascus-camp-palestinian-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Palestinian nationalism Palestinian refugee United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:47:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6047167 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. agency says unable to deliver aid despite Syria government assurances http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140126/un-agency-says-unable-deliver-aid-despite-syria-government-assu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations agency seeking to deliver humanitarian aid to a besieged district of Damascus said on Sunday state checkpoint authorities had hampered its work, despite government assurances it would allow the distributions.</p> <p>The foundering agreement highlights the challenges that lie ahead for humanitarian workers should President Bashar al-Assad's government and the opposition agree on localized ceasefires at peace talks in Geneva this week.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140126/un-agency-says-unable-deliver-aid-despite-syria-government-assu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Asia United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East War Thomson Reuters Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:17:38 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6053451 at http://www.globalpost.com Food aid enters Syria's besieged Yarmuk camp http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140130/food-aid-enters-syrias-besieged-yarmuk-camp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A food convoy gained entry Thursday to Syria's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, where dozens have died from shortages of food and medicines, the UN and Syrian state media said.</p> <p>UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness said 600 food parcels had been delivered to the camp south of Damascus by 1 pm (1100 GMT).</p> <p>He said there had been "chaotic scenes" as the food was distributed, the first to be delivered to the camp since January 21, when UNRWA took in 138 food parcels.</p> <p>Syria's state news agency SANA also reported the aid distribution.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140130/food-aid-enters-syrias-besieged-yarmuk-camp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Asia United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:46:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6057006 at http://www.globalpost.com Aid enters besieged Syria Yarmuk camp for second day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140131/aid-enters-besieged-syria-yarmuk-camp-second-day-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations distributed food in the Syrian capital's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp for a second day Friday in a bid to help tens of thousands of trapped civilians.</p> <p>The aid distribution comes after months of siege by the army that has caused shortages of food and medicines, leading to the deaths of 86 people, according to a monitoring group.</p> <p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that more than 100 people deemed "humanitarian cases" were evacuated from the camp on Friday by the Red Crescent and taken to local hospitals.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140131/aid-enters-besieged-syria-yarmuk-camp-second-day-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Asia United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:46:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6058546 at http://www.globalpost.com Aid enters besieged Syria Yarmuk camp for second day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140131/aid-enters-besieged-syria-yarmuk-camp-second-day-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations distributed food in the Syrian capital's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp for a second day Friday in a bid to help tens of thousands of trapped civilians.</p> <p>The aid distribution comes after months of siege by the army that has caused shortages of food and medicines, leading to the deaths of 86 people, according to a monitoring group.</p> <p>The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that more than 100 people deemed "humanitarian cases" were evacuated from the camp on Friday by the Red Crescent and taken to local hospitals.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140131/aid-enters-besieged-syria-yarmuk-camp-second-day-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Asia United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:46:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6058547 at http://www.globalpost.com Hundreds evacuated from besieged district of Syrian capital http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140201/hundreds-evacuated-besieged-district-syrian-capital <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BEIRUT (Reuters) - Aid agencies in Syria have evacuated hundreds of people from the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Yarmouk, a government-aligned Palestinian group said on Saturday, in a rare moment of coordination between the government and rebel forces.</p> <p>Granting relief groups access to an estimated 250,000 people trapped by fighting across Syria was one of the goals of the peace talks held last week in Switzerland, which adjourned on Friday with no substantial results.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140201/hundreds-evacuated-besieged-district-syrian-capital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Disaster Fertile Crescent United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Thomson Reuters Sat, 01 Feb 2014 22:31:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6059006 at http://www.globalpost.com Polio vaccination starts in Syria's besieged Yarmuk camp http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140205/polio-vaccination-starts-syrias-besieged-yarmuk-camp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Polio vaccination has begun in Syria's besieged Yarmuk camp, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA said Wednesday.</p> <p>The once bustling residential and commercial district south of Damascus, home to both Syrians and Palestinians, had been largely sealed off by a tight army siege for months before a deal that allowed a trickle of food and medical aid in beginning last month.</p> <p>At least 88 people have died of hunger and lack of medical care under the siege, according to one NGO, but UNRWA has now begun moving food parcels and medicine into Yarmuk.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140205/polio-vaccination-starts-syrias-besieged-yarmuk-camp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Asia United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:47:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6062092 at http://www.globalpost.com Most rebels have left Syria's Yarmuk: Palestinian official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140216/most-rebels-have-left-syrias-yarmuk-palestinian-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Most of the Syrian opposition fighters in the Palestinian Yarmuk camp in southern Damascus have now withdrawn, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday.</p> <p>Anwar Abdel Hadi, an official with the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said "most of the gunmen have pulled out of the camp" after an agreement with Palestinian factions in Yarmuk.</p> <p>"Palestinian fighters have deployed to the outskirts of the camp to prevent the entry of any non-Palestinian gunmen," Abdel Hadi added.</p> <p>Yarmuk camp was once home to some 150,000 Palestinians, as well as Syrian residents.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140216/most-rebels-have-left-syrias-yarmuk-palestinian-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab–Israeli conflict Disaster Palestinian nationalism United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East AFP Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:47:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6072091 at 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