Middle East

Top UN envoy deplores murder of three candidates on eve of Iraq polls

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today strongly condemned the murder of three candidates who were killed while campaigning for the provincial council elections slated for Saturday.

Israel must open crossings to Gaza to counter misery and extremism – UN official

Almost two weeks after the devastating Israeli offensive against Hamas in Gaza ended, full access for relief supplies is the key issue, above all in curbing a rising tide of extremism, the top United Nations official in the Strip warned today.

UN appeals for $613 million to help Gaza recover after Israeli offensive

The United Nations today launched an appeal for $613 million to help people affected by Israel’s three-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which killed some 1,300 Palestinians, injured more than 5,300, 34 per cent of them children, and caused widespread damage and destruction.

UN reparations panel for invasion of Kuwait pays out $460 million

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, announced that it has made $460 million available today to 12 successful claimants.

Israel re-opens crossings to Gaza, but UN stresses need for much greater access

Israel today reopened crossings into Gaza that it had closed yesterday following a bomb attack along the border that killed a soldier, but the top United Nations official in Gaza stressed that access remained a problem with thousands of tons of generously donated aid sitting in Egypt, Jordan and the ports of Israel.

Iraq: Top UN envoy hails ‘good start’ to early voting in provincial elections

As Iraq’s police, military, detainees and hospital-bound cast early ballots today, the top United Nations envoy hailed the orderly beginning of the strife-beset country’s governorate, or provincial, council elections to be held across the country on 31 January.

Israel must allow full access for aid and supplies to rehabilitate Gaza – UN relief chief

The top United Nations humanitarian official today called on Israel to immediately open up crossing points into Gaza for full access for massive relief aid and reconstruction supplies following its devastating three-week offensive against Hamas militants.

Thousands of Gazans remain homeless as UN again calls for aid access

Thousands of Gazans remain homeless and hospitals still have a large number of intensive care patients over a week after a ceasefire ended Israel’s devastating three-week offensive against Hamas militants, according to the latest United Nations update, which calls for immediate unhindered humanitarian access to the Strip’s 1.5 million inhabitants.

UN humanitarian chief continues assessing needs in post-conflict Gaza

The top United Nations humanitarian official, who is on the ground to assess needs in Gaza, has lauded the determination of those working to address the immediate needs of people in the wake of the recent three-week Israeli military offensive.

UN official urges steps to ensure Gaza crisis does not lead to further extremism

There is growing anger in Gaza over the recent Israeli military operation that inflicted death, damage and destruction in the territory, a senior United Nations official warned today, stressing that ensuring accountability and restoring the local economy are the main ways to make certain the conflict does not create more extremists.