Middle East

Humanity taking back seat to politics in Gaza – UN humanitarian chief

Helping Gaza’s most vulnerable must be a top priority, the United Nations humanitarian chief urged today, lamenting that basic human needs are not being met and that reconstruction is stalled, nearly four months after the end of hostilities there.

Iraq: despite security boost, human rights situation still worrying, says UN

Although the security situation continues to improve in Iraq, a range of human rights abuses continue to be perpetrated in the strife-torn nation, according to a new United Nations report.

Lebanese generals held in Hariri murder case granted release by UN-backed court

A judge in the tribunal set up to try suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri today decided to grant the release of four generals detained in connection with the 2005 bombing.

Conflict over but situation of Gaza’s children still ‘precarious’ – UNICEF

The recent hostilities in Gaza may be over but the continuing Israeli blockade and inter-Palestinian tensions are hampering recovery efforts and having a particularly negative effect on the situation of children, the United Nations warned today.

Security Council speaks out against suicide bombing blitz in Iraq

The United Nations Security Council today joined Secretary-General Ki-moon in condemning in the “strongest terms” the back-to-back suicide bombings in Baghdad and Diyala in the last few days.

Ban, top envoy deplore back-to-back bomb blasts in Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy to Iraq have strongly condemned the horrific back-to-back bombings that struck Baghdad today and yesterday.

UN mission submits reports on disputed internal boundaries in northern Iraq

After a year-long process, the top United Nations envoy to Iraq today submitted reports on disputed internal boundaries to the country’s highest officials, with the aim of initiating dialogue over the contested demarcations.

Israeli ban on imports into Gaza puts economic recovery on hold, UN reports

Economic recovery in the Gaza Strip is at a standstill due to the ongoing blockade of materials and spare parts that would spur reconstruction following the Israel’s devastating three-week military offensive, the United Nations said today.

UN expert finds Egypt’s willingness to discuss human rights ‘encouraging’

The willingness of the Government to discuss the subject of upholding human rights while countering terrorism is “most encouraging,” an independent United Nations expert said today.

UN agency to assess environmental damage in Gaza

Increased discharge of raw sewage and other environmental effects of the recent combat in Gaza will be focus of an assessment announced today by the head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).