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China urges release of detained U.N. personnel in Yemen, calls for greater humanitarian aid efforts

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China urges release of detained U.N. personnel in Yemen, calls for greater humanitarian aid efforts

2024-06-14 13:52 Last Updated At:18:27

China's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geng Shuang on Thursday called on the Houthi armed forces in Yemen to immediately and unconditionally release the detained U.N. personnel.

Speaking at a U.N. Security Council meeting on the situation in Yemen, Geng reiterated the call for the Houthi armed forces to respect the rights of commercial ships from all countries to navigate in the Red Sea waters in accordance with international law. He urged an end to acts of harassment and the maintenance of security in the Red Sea shipping lanes.

Geng also called on the relevant parties to exercise restraint and cease actions that escalate tensions.

"We support the international community in increasing humanitarian assistance to Yemen and helping alleviate the humanitarian situation there. We hope that the donors will fulfill their commitments as soon as possible. All parties should support the Yemeni government's efforts to develop the economy and improve the people's livelihoods. China supports the Secretary-General's statement expressing grave concern over the recent detention of U.N. personnel in Yemen and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all U.N. personnel," Geng said.

At the meeting, United Nations' Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg reported that a total of 13 U.N. staff members and five employees of international non-governmental organizations were detained by the Houthi armed forces last week. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the Houthi armed forces to respect international law and immediately and unconditionally release all U.N. and non-governmental organization personnel, and to refrain from arbitrarily detaining civilians.

China urges release of detained U.N. personnel in Yemen, calls for greater humanitarian aid efforts

China urges release of detained U.N. personnel in Yemen, calls for greater humanitarian aid efforts

China urges release of detained U.N. personnel in Yemen, calls for greater humanitarian aid efforts

China urges release of detained U.N. personnel in Yemen, calls for greater humanitarian aid efforts

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Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

2024-07-19 22:05 Last Updated At:22:57

A sewing workshop has been operating in ruins to mend worn-out clothes for displaced Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, as Israel's continuous destruction of the enclave has made new clothes a luxury almost impossible to come by or afford.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Gaza said in early July that a total of 1.9 million people, around 80 percent of the region's population, were displaced.

However, in a room behind demolished walls in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a sewing workshop has quietly been set up, with some workers using sewing machines recovered from a bombed-out tailoring workshop to provide mending services.

"I opened the workshop after I was able to recover the sewing machines and some fabric from the old factory. I work to serve all the displaced people of the Gaza Strip, such as people from the al-Mawasi area in Khan Younis and the Nuseirat [refugee camp]," said Abu Samer Shaat, the workshop owner.

The prolonged and intense Israel-Hamas conflict has forced a great number of Gazan families to flee from one place to another. Due to the continuous destruction of their homes and shelters, all they left were the clothes they wear.

Shops, markets and factories were turned into rubble as a result of the Israeli bombing, and the surviving trading sites in Gaza also suffer a shortage of clothes and fabrics due to Israel's ban on entry of goods and materials.

"Our clothes became loose. We had to take them to tailors to mend them as they had become worn out. There are no new clothes in the market. If there are a few, the prices will be very high, and we will not be able to buy them because we do not have any source of income. Our entire lives have come to a halt," said Hoda Al-Maghari, a displaced Palestinian.

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

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