Middle East

Delayed intra-Syrian talks, brokered by UN, to begin on Friday in ‘uphill’ bid for ceasefire

Intra-Syrian talks that were scheduled to begin in Geneva today under United Nations sponsorship will now start on Friday, with the first priority being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

In breakthrough, UN agency delivers supplies to besieged districts inside Yemen’s Taiz city

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed to send food supplies inside areas under siege in the central Yemeni city of Taiz where residents have been suffering in dire conditions with very little food.

After first-hand visit to besieged Yemeni city of Taiz, senor UN official calls for unlimited access for aid

Senior United Nations humanitarian officials today called on the authorities and various factions in war-torn Yemen to allow sustained access into the besieged central city of Taiz after seeing first-hand the desperate state of its inhabitants, who lack critical medical supplies, food and other basic needs for survival.

UN chief calls on Israel to change policy after reported take-over of West Bank land

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for “substantial policy changes on the ground” by Israel, voicing deep concern at reports that the Government has declared of 370 acres in the occupied West Bank south of Jericho as so-called “state land.”

In appeal to end suffering in Syria, UN agencies and 120 humanitarian organizations call for action now

Outlining a series of immediate, practical steps that can improve humanitarian access and the delivery of aid to those in need inside Syria, more than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis.

Israel must immediately halt planned relocation of Palestinian Bedouin, say UN officials

Senior United Nations officials for the occupied Palestinian territory have called for an immediate end to Israeli plans to transfer Bedouin living in the Jerusalem area for a settlement expansion, long recognized as a violation of international law and an obstacle to realizing a two-state solution to the Middle East crisis.

UN agency calls on donors to support Syrian farmers in their hour of need

With the war in Syria now approaching its sixth year, agricultural production has plummeted and food supplies are at an all-time low, pushing millions of people into hunger, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization stressed today, calling on governments to boost funding to help farmers keep their lands in production and prevent the situation from deteriorating even further.

Yemeni journalist’s death in air strike deplored by UNESCO

Deploring the death of Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli, who was killed by shrapnel in an air strike in Sana’a, the capital, the United Nations agency responsible for defending media freedom today called on all sides in the strife-torn country to ensure the safety of all journalists.

UN refugee agency warns over perilous Horn of Africa sea crossings

Despite the ongoing conflict in Yemen, thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis are continuing to make a perilous sea crossing, which has already claimed at least three dozen lives this year, the UN refugee agency warned today.

In Jordan, UN refugee agency chief urges greater efforts to end Syria conflict

The international community must make greater efforts to end the conflict in Syria or risk prolonging the world's biggest humanitarian crisis for many years to come, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has said during a trip to the region.