Middle East

General Assembly to consider UN probe into Gaza conflict next week

The General Assembly will meet on 4 November to consider the report of the United Nations fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict, which found evidence that both Israel and the Palestinians committed serious war crimes during the hostilities earlier this year.

UN agency shocked as displaced Yemenis come under attack

The United Nations refugee agency said it is shocked and saddened at reports that an unknown number of displaced Yemeni civilians have been killed and wounded during an exchange of fire in the strife-torn northern part of the country yesterday.

Lebanon: UN envoy and Hizbollah official meet to discuss recent rocket fire

The United Nations Special Coordinator today met with a senior Hizbollah official to discuss the recent incident in which a rocket was fired from a southern Lebanese village into northern Israel, prompting Israel to return fire.

UN reparations panel for Kuwait invasion pays out $610 million

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $610 million available to 10 successful claimants.

UN finds more rockets aimed at Israel from southern Lebanon

A day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged maximum restraint by all sides, United Nations peacekeepers today found four more rockets, three of them set to be fired, in an area of southern Lebanon from which a missile zoomed into Israel on Monday.

UN nuclear watchdog receives initial response from Iran on fuel agreement

Iran has submitted an initial response on a draft agreement on fuel for its civilian nuclear research facility to the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it was announced today.

Ban urges restraint after latest rocket firing from Lebanon into Israel

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged maximum restraint by all sides after a recent incident in which a rocket was fired from southern Lebanon into northern Israel, prompting Israelis forces to return fire.

Ban dispatches special envoy to Iraq in aftermath of deadly blasts in capital

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced he will dispatch an envoy to Iraq to consult with the Government on security and sovereignty issues in the country just days after a double bombing killed around 150 people in Baghdad.

Jerusalem must be capital of both Israel and Palestine, Ban says

Jerusalem must be the capital of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side-by-side in peace and security, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all, if peace in the Middle East is to be achieved, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

UN and Iraq sign development deal to boost stability, growth

The United Nations and the Government of Iraq have enhanced their partnership, joining forces to promote development in the violence-scarred nation.