Middle East

UNICEF chief highlights Jordan’s efforts to tackle violence against children in schools

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has highlighted Jordan’s efforts to tackle violence against children in schools, a problem affecting over half of the country’s young people.

Gaza: after donor conference, aid inflow still restricted, UN says

Despite calls at yesterday’s donor conference for the unfettered import of aid and reconstruction supplies to the combat-battered Gaza strip, Israeli authorities continue to block crucial supplies, the United Nations said today.

Tribunal for Lebanon killings a landmark in ending impunity – UN legal chief

The opening of the special tribunal to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of a massive car bomb blast that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others is a watershed moment in the fight against impunity in the Middle-Eastern country, the United Nations Legal Counsel said today.

UN blue helmets investigate shots fired into Lebanon from Israeli side of dividing line

Shots were fired today into Lebanese territory from the Israeli side of the Line of Withdrawal in contravention of the United Nations resolution that helped end fighting between the countries two years ago, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reports.

Durable peace must be foundation for rebuilding Gaza, Ban tells donors meeting

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed today to international donors to provide the crucial funds needed for Gaza’s reconstruction after the recent Israeli offensive, while stressing once again the importance of a durable ceasefire and a comprehensive peace deal.

Belgium takes helm of coast flotilla for UN force in Lebanon

Belgium today took command of United Nations peacekeeping’s first-ever maritime task force (MTF), which was deployed off the coast of Lebanon in 2006 to curtail arms smuggling following that year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah.

Start of Lebanon tribunal 'decisive milestone' in pursuit of justice – Ban

Just over four years after former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others were killed in a terrorist attack in Beirut, the international tribunal set up to try the perpetrators began its work today, marking what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deemed a historic step in the search for justice.