Middle East

Germany assumes control of UN coastal fleet in Lebanon

Germany took the helm 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 Israel-Hizbollah war.

As fighting worsens in Yemen, UN calls for safe corridors for aid and civilians

The United Nations refugee agency has called for the establishment of safe corridors in northern Yemen so civilians can flee heavy fighting between Government forces and rebels and humanitarian workers can reach the displaced to deliver much-needed aid.

Top UN envoy mourns loss of Iraqi Shi’a political leader

The top United Nations official in Iraq today extended his condolences on the passing of Shi’a political leader Abdul Aziz Al Hakim, who he said played an important role in stabilizing the country in recent years.

Security Council extends mandate of UN force in southern Lebanon

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for an extra year as it commended its role, in concert with the national armed forces, in creating a new strategic environment in the south of the country.

Iraq must step up oversight of its resources, Security Council says

The Security Council believes the Iraqi Government must take greater responsibility for the management of its own resources, the head of the United Nations body said today.

Nearly $180 billion transferred to Iraq fund, says UN report

The fund administering proceeds from export sales of petroleum from Iraq has received an influx of nearly $180 billion through the end of last year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, acknowledging that an Iraqi-run committee is ready to assume responsibility for the scheme.

UNICEF head speaks out against violence in northern Yemen

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for “immediate and secure” access to people uprooted by escalating clashes – mostly children and women – between Government forces and rebels in northern Yemen.

Top UN envoy welcomes Palestinian efforts to build up state institutions

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has welcomed today’s announcement by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of plans to build up Palestinian state institutions.

UN assisting civilians trapped amid fighting in northern Yemen

The United Nations is helping civilians caught up in violence between Government troops and rebels in the mountains of northern Yemen, with the world body estimating that over 100,000 people have been affected by the upsurge in fighting.

UN force commander briefs Prime Minister-designate on southern Lebanon

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri today discussed the security situation in the country’s south, and developments relating to the Security Council resolution that helped to end the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah.