Middle East

UN envoy in Iraq visits Saudi Arabia seeking regional support for peace efforts

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq visited Saudi Arabia today as part of his ongoing efforts to muster regional support to bring stability to the war-torn country.

UN to hold seminar next week on aid to Palestinians in light of Israeli occupation

A United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People will be held in Qatar next week in an effort to ease the social, economic and humanitarian emergencies in the Occupied Palestinian Territory stemming from the Israeli occupation.

UN refugee agency issues new appeal for help for Palestinians fleeing persecution in Iraq

The United Nations refugee agency today issued yet another appeal to the international community, including neighbouring and resettlement countries, to help find a “humane solution” for Palestinians fleeing persecution inside Iraq.

Ban Ki-moon calls for resumption of intra-Palestinian dialogue on national unity

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all Palestinian parties to quickly resume dialogue for national unity after the announcement of a ceasefire in Gaza to end a civil conflict that has seen more than 40 people killed in Palestinian-on-Palestinian violence over the past month.

UNICEF names Jordan’s Queen Rania first-ever Eminent Advocate for Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan as the agency’s first-ever Eminent Advocate for Children.

Israel: Ban Ki-moon deplores suicide bombing; urges Palestinians to stop further attacks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest possible terms the Palestinian suicide bombing which killed three people and wounded another at a bakery in the Israeli town of Eilat and called for swift action by Palestinian security forces to prevent threatened further attacks.

UN outraged by deadly attack on girls’ school in Baghdad

Two United Nations agencies joined forces today to voice outrage at the needless waste of children’s lives after an attack on a Baghdad girls’ school killed five students and injured at least 20 others.

Lebanon: UN force rises above 12,000 as troops arrive from Qatar

The enhanced United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon, sent to monitor the end of hostilities after last year’s conflict between Israel and Hizbollah, now numbers over 12,000, the mission said today, while reporting that two of its de-miners were injured trying to rid the country of the massive number of cluster bombs left over from the fighting.

Regional involvement key to helping Iraq, UN envoy tells Syrian official

Meeting in Damascus today with Syria's Foreign Minister, the top United Nations envoy to Baghdad said regional involvement is key to helping Iraq achieve stability and national reconciliation.

Iraq: UN agency raises third alarm in week at ‘unrelenting violence’ against Palestinians

For the third time this week the United Nations refugee agency voiced alarm today at the unrelenting violence against Palestinian refugees in Iraq, with 34 people reported killed in the past two months and scores more terrified men, women and children fleeing Baghdad for the border with Syria, where hundreds are now stranded.