Middle East

Families returning to refugee camp in northern Lebanon, says UN agency

The United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees reports that displaced families are now returning to the camp in northern Lebanon that was the scene of months of hostilities earlier this year between the national army and Fatah el-Islam gunmen.

UNESCO chief condemns latest murder of Iraqi journalist

Responding to the mounting death toll of media professionals in Iraq, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of the latest victim: Shehab Mohammad al-Hiti, editor of a new Iraqi weekly, al-Youm.

Free and fair presidential elections vital to Lebanon’s future – Ban Ki-moon

Security conditions and political stalemate are combining to create a “climate of ongoing crisis” in Lebanon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report, emphasizing the need to hold free and fair presidential elections next month without any foreign interference.

Ban Ki-moon heads to Turkey this week for meeting on Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend a high-level diplomatic meeting on Iraq to be held later this week in Turkey, his spokesperson announced today.

UN political chief to attend Middle East Quartet meeting

The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs is heading to a meeting in Jerusalem on Thursday of the envoys of the Middle East Quartet, which brings together the UN, European Union, Russian Federation and United States, a spokesperson for the world body announced.

UN blue helmets help Lebanese mine victims

The Indian Battalion serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has helped scores of Lebanese victims of mines and cluster bombs to regain some mobility.

Ban Ki-Moon urges Israel to reconsider measure to limit fuel/electricity to Gaza

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated his call for an end to rocket attacks against Israel while urging the country to reconsider the limitation of fuel and electricity supplies to residents of Gaza, pointing out that this is worsening the already serious humanitarian situation there.

UNDP, Japan Bank for International Cooperation to support Iraq reconstruction

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) have signed a landmark agreement for the provision of loans aimed helping reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

UN independent rights expert decries executions of juveniles in Iran

An independent United Nations human rights expert today criticized Iran’s use of the death penalty against juveniles, saying it is probably the only country in the world that does this systematically.

UN relief chief warns on deteriorating conditions facing Palestinians

The humanitarian situation inside the occupied Palestinian territory is deteriorating every day, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator said today, warning that Israel’s threat to cut electricity and fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip if rocket attacks continue will only worsen the situation.