Humanitarian aid trickled into Gaza but agencies were being forced to scale back as fuel and other basic items were depleted and diplomats remained at an impasse.
Funding for humanitarian aid has been getting hard to find amid global economic pressures, but the needs are soaring.
A Swiss-led U.N. Security Council session called on all countries and armed groups to fulfill their obligations for protecting civilians under international humanitarian law.
Delegates in Geneva were able to muster a non-binding report that essentially prolongs a decade-old geopolitical impasse.
Humanitarian leaders say the risk of nuclear catastrophe is the highest 'since the worst moments of the Cold War.'
Sudan's unraveling forced humanitarian aid organizations, including those with staff killed by fighting, to suspend operations, despite millions of civilians in great need.
More than 300 accounts of heads of state, government leaders and their institutions, plus some 40 major international organizations and their leaders were slated to be demoted.
The deal brokered by U.N. and Red Cross officials between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Iran-backed Houthi rebels is the first major prisoner swap in almost three years.
New ICRC guidelines on the obligations of international humanitarian law are meant to protect innocent civilians and detainees against violence by non-state armed groups.