Middle East

Syria: UN chief condemns latest bloody violence against civilians

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern over reports from Syria that hundreds of protesters have been killed or injured in the city of Hama and other towns across the country during the weekend.

Lebanon: UN tribunal identifies names of four men accused of Hariri murder

The United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try those alleged responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri today released the identities of the four men accused of the crime.

Ban calls for more Israeli steps to lift blockade of Gaza

The Israeli Government needs to take more steps to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, particularly to allow the free import of construction materials into the area, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Gaza’s children defy raid on their UN camp to retake kite-flying record

Defying intimidation, children in Gaza stood their ground to wrestle the world record for kite flying back from China, hours after their United Nations-run summer camp facility was attacked by unknown assailants.

Security Council extends UN mission in Iraq by another year

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for another year as it welcomed recent security improvements in the country but stressed the need for further progress on the humanitarian, human rights and political fronts.

Truce and transitional pact key to ending Libyan crisis – UN official

A ceasefire and the establishment of an agreement on transitional arrangements that fulfil the aspirations of the Libyan people remain the only sustainable options for a political solution to the crisis in the North African country, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today.

UN envoy warns of profound deadlock in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

The political process to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in “profound and persistent” deadlock, a senior United Nations envoy warned today, calling on the parties to work towards a two-State solution and on the international community to help them find a credible way forward.

UN strongly condemns attack against blue helmets in Lebanon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council strongly condemned today’s attack against a convoy of vehicles carrying members of the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon in which five soldiers were wounded.

Parties to Libyan conflict remain deeply divided on political solution – UN envoy

Parties to the crisis in Libya remain deeply divided on how to reach a political solution to the conflict that has raged since February when an uprising flared up in a bid to oust the ruling regime, the United Nations envoy for the North African country, Abdul Ilah Al-Khatib, said today.

Libya: UN mission to Tripoli finds areas in urgent need of humanitarian aid

United Nations humanitarian agencies said today that they have identified areas of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, where residents urgently need humanitarian assistance, including medical treatment for injuries caused by the ongoing conflict in the North African country.