Middle East

ISIL forces civilians towards Mosul airport; UN rights office probes reports of mass graves

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters have forced 1,500 families towards the airport in Mosul, the United Nations human rights wing said today, adding that it is also looking into reports of mass graves near the city, where military operations are under way to oust the terrorists.

New UN survey reveals extensive damage to health system in war-torn Yemen

There are critical shortages in medical doctors in over 40 per cent of all Yemeni districts, with more than half of all health facilities closed or partially functioning as the conflict continues, a new World Health Organization (WHO) survey has revealed.

UNICEF renews call for protection of children after kindergarten hit in deadly Damascus attack

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that a kindergarten in Harasta, Rural Damascus, was reportedly hit in an attack yesterday, killing at least four children and injuring many others.

Iraq: As anti-ISIL operation intensifies, civilians increasingly at risk, UN official warns

Amid the intensification of the military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) in northern Iraq and its impact on civilians, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in the country has raised alarm their safety and called on all sides to ensure that they are protected.

ISIL moving ‘trucks full of abducted civilians’ to Mosul as shields against airstrikes – UN warns

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today warned that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters have taken some 1,600 civilians to Mosul city in an attempt to shield themselves from airstrikes, and that nearly 400 women from Kurdish, Yezidi or Shi’a Muslim communities in Tal Afar are now being held captive.

Displaced amid Mosul offensive, close to 10,000 children in urgent need of aid, says UNICEF

Some 20,700 people have been displaced since the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from terrorists started on 17 October, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, estimating that 9,700 of them are children in urgent need of assistance.

Welcoming Lebanon’s new President, Security Council cites forming unity government as key to stability

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the election of Michel Aoun as the President of Lebanon, noting that it represents a long-awaited and critical step to overcome the country’s political and institutional crisis.

As Iraqi military prepares to enter Mosul, ISIL forcibly relocates thousands of civilians near city, UN warns

The United Nations human rights wing today received reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) is attempting to forcibly transfer tens of thousands of civilians closer to Mosul, including near its own military installations, which could be targets as the Iraqi Government’s offensive to retake the city intensifies.