Official Statements

Statement of the Commissioner-General to the UN General Assembly, on the situation in the Gaza Strip
07 August 2014
In excess of 1,800 people killed and 9,500 injured, many of them civilians. Up to 450,000 people displaced by the fighting or by instructions from the Israel Defence Forces. Of these, 270,000 were sheltered in 90 UNRWA schools throughout the Gaza Strip. This was over five times the number we had in UNRWA installations...
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UNRWA Condemns Israeli Strike Next to UNRWA School Killing Civilians
03 August 2014
This morning at about 1045 Gaza time there was an Israeli missile strike adjacent to the main gate of the UNRWA Boys’ Prep School ‘A’ in the town of Rafah, in southern Gaza. We believe as many as nine people were killed, including an UNRWA guard, and 27 were injured. Almost three thousand people had registered at the...
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An UNRWA historic moment: UNRWA Commissioner-General briefing to the UN Security Council
31 July 2014
Mr President, Allow me to begin by expressing sincere appreciation to the United Nations Security Council for the invitation and the honor to deliver a briefing from Gaza City today. In this, the second of my visits to Gaza during this crisis, I have spent the last two days assessing the situation on the ground, the...
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UNRWA Strongly Condemns Israeli Shelling of Its School in Gaza as a Serious Violation of International Law
30 July 2014
Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced. We have visited the site and gathered evidence. We have...
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Statement by the UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl
24 July 2014
The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed today at our elementary school in Beit Hanoun were so appalling and intolerable, that it is difficult to find the words to convey adequately my indignation. As has happened so many times in this pitiless conflict, civilians are paying the highest price of the...
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