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September 18, 1988 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Once confined to the task of supplying relief to destitute refugees, U.N. officials in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have taken on a new, controversial role during nine months of unrest--human rights watchdog. The officials admit that their expanded mission represents a tilt toward the Palestinian side in the anti-Israeli uprising, because it involves observing and sometimes publicly condemning the use of excessive force by Israeli soldiers against Palestinians.
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September 18, 1988 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Once confined to the task of supplying relief to destitute refugees, U.N. officials in the West Bank and Gaza Strip have taken on a new, controversial role during nine months of unrest--human rights watchdog. The officials admit that their expanded mission represents a tilt toward the Palestinian side in the anti-Israeli uprising, because it involves observing and sometimes publicly condemning the use of excessive force by Israeli soldiers against Palestinians.
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WORLD
June 29, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
An American was appointed to lead the U.N. agency trying to care for 4 million Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said. Karen Koning Abu Zayd has been the deputy commissioner-general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East since 2000.
NEWS
February 17, 1988 | From Reuters
The U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees said Tuesday that it is suspending all operations in Lebanon requiring direct supervision by its international staff because two staff members had recently been kidnaped. The Vienna-based United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees said it is transferring its base of operations to Syria.
WORLD
October 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Gaza Strip schools damaged by Israeli bombing will be exposed to the cold and rain this winter unless Israel relaxes its blockade to permit the import of windows, doors and building materials, officials said. Officials of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and Gaza's Education Ministry say thousands of pupils face "darkness and cold" this winter in poorly lighted and sparsely furnished schoolrooms. Ministry spokesman Khaled Radi said more than 170 schools damaged in the winter offensive had not yet been repaired.
WORLD
November 19, 2002 | From Reuters
The head of a U.N. agency aiding Palestinians said Monday that his organization is preparing a massive food program to combat growing malnutrition among residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East estimates that in 2003, it will need to deliver daily food parcels to 222,000 families, or about 1.3 million people, more than one-third of the Palestinian population.
NEWS
November 6, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Palestinian gunmen fired from a vacant United Nations building at an Israeli army patrol Monday in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah, a U.N. spokeswoman said. No one was hurt in the armed attack, the third on Gaza soldiers in two weeks. The shooting marked a departure from the Palestinians' policy of shunning firearms in resisting Israeli rule. The U.N.
WORLD
November 13, 2008 | Richard Boudreaux and Rushdi abu Alouf, Boudreaux is a Times staff writer; Abu Alouf is a special correspondent.
A 5-month-old truce along Israel's border with the Gaza Strip came under new strain Wednesday after an armed clash there, the second in just over a week, left four Palestinian gunmen dead. The fighting raised the possibility that the truce will break down or will not be renewed when it expires next month, bringing a new round of heavy fighting in the region as the United States and Israel change administrations.
WORLD
October 13, 2003 | Megan K. Stack, Times Staff Writer
Intent on shoring up a wobbling government, embattled Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Korei agreed Sunday to spend the next month at the head of an emergency Cabinet. But he added a warning: When that time runs out, Palestinians may have to find themselves a new premier. It's been less than a week since Korei was sworn in, but he's spent most of that time fighting Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat for control of the security forces. Korei's predecessor, the U.S.
NEWS
February 5, 1991 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir denounced Palestine Liberation Organization leaders on Monday as "the biggest supporters of the murderer from Baghdad" and called on world opinion to reject the PLO's urging for an international conference on peace in the Middle East. In a speech to lawmakers on how the Persian Gulf conflict has affected Israel, Shamir said that when the war ends, Israel will support renewed moves toward an overall Mideast peace settlement--but only on its own terms.
WORLD
January 8, 2009 | Ashraf Khalil and Geraldine Baum
Facts remained murky Wednesday on the Israeli tank shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that U.N. relief officials said left 43 Palestinians dead and almost 150 injured. The Israeli military continued to defend its troops, saying they were responding to mortar fire from militants on or near the school grounds, where the U.N. says about 1,600 people were taking shelter from the fighting between Israel and Hamas.
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