The head of the UN’s lead agency helping Palestinians accuses Israel of seeking to destroy it

The head of the main United Nations agency supporting people in Gaza alleged that Israel is intent on “destroying” the organization along with the idea that Palestinians are refugees and have a right to return home one day. Philippe Lazzarini accused Israel in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger of having a “long-term political … Read more

Cyprus president wants the European Union to discuss designating Syria safe zones for refugees

NICOSIA, Cyprus — The European Union won’t serve its own best interests if it doesn’t consider designating some parts of Syria as safe zones so refugees and migrants can return there, the president of Cyprus said Monday. President Nikos Christodoulides said Cyprus is working with like-minded EU member nations to start a discussion about that … Read more

Israel unveils tunnels underneath Gaza City headquarters of UN agency for Palestinian refugees

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Israeli military says it has discovered tunnels underneath the main headquarters of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza City, alleging that Hamas militants used the space as an electrical supply room. The unveiling of the tunnels marked the latest chapter in Israel’s campaign against the embattled agency, … Read more

Document spells out allegations against 12 UN employees Israel says participated in Hamas attack

TEL AVIV, Israel — An Israeli document obtained Monday spelled out allegations against a dozen U.N. employees the country says took part in Hamas’ Oct. 7 assault — claiming seven stormed into Israeli territory, including one who participated in a kidnapping and another who helped to steal a soldier’s body. The allegations against staffers with … Read more

What is UNRWA, the main aid provider in Gaza that Israel accuses of militant links?

Israel’s allegations that 12 employees of a United Nations agency were involved in Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack have led several Western countries to cut off funding and reignited debate over Gaza’s biggest humanitarian aid provider. The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA, employs thousands of staffers and provides vital aid and services to … Read more

New Zealand’s first refugee lawmaker resigns after claims of shoplifting

WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s first refugee lawmaker resigned after local media aired allegations she had shoplifted several times at local high-end boutiques. Without referring to the specific allegations, Golriz Ghahraman, a member of New Zealand’s Green Party and its justice and foreign affairs spokesperson, resigned with immediate effect, saying that “stresses relating to my work” … Read more

In Uganda, refugees’ need for wood ravaged the forest. Now, they work to restore it

NAKIVALE, Uganda — Enock Twagirayesu was seeking sanctuary when he and his family fled violence in Burundi, and they found it in Uganda, the small East African nation that has absorbed thousands of refugees from unsettled neighbors. Twagirayesu’s family has grown from two children when they arrived more than a decade ago to eight now, … Read more

Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka protest planned closure of U.N. office, fearing abandonment

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A group of Rohingya refugees living in Sri Lanka staged a protest outside the office of the U.N. refugee agency Tuesday, saying they fear losing their living allowance once the agency’s office in the island nation closes at the end of this year. The protesters also want to be resettled in … Read more

More Rohingya refugees arrive in Indonesia despite rejection from locals

MEDAN, Indonesia — Nearly 150 Rohingya refugees, mostly hungry and weak women and children, have reached a beach in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province after weeks at sea, officials said Sunday. The group of 53 men, 39 women and 55 children arrived on Karang Gadih beach in Langkat district late Saturday, said the village head, Muhammad … Read more

Displaced, repatriated and crossing borders: Afghan people make grueling journeys to survive

TORKHAM, Afghanistan — The barren desert plain among the mountains of eastern Afghanistan is filled with hundreds of thousands of people. Some live in tents. Others live out in the open, among the piles of the few belongings they managed to take as they were forced from neighboring Pakistan. The sprawling camp of people returning … Read more