Middle East

UN envoy tells Security Council that military escalation in Yemen aiding spread of terrorist groups

The United Nations envoy for Yemen told the Security Council today that the military escalation in Yemen will provide opportunities for the spread of terrorist groups, as Al Qaida and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continue to wreak havoc in many parts of Yemen.

Senior UN official deeply concerned over reports of children used in fighting ISIL in Iraq

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has expressed deep concern over reports that boys are being sent to areas near front lines in the country’s war, possibly to join armed groups fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

UN agency lays foundation for its biggest logistics base in Gaza

The United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees has started work on what will become its largest logistics base in the Gaza Strip.

UN aid chief extremely concerned over evacuation of Syrian town of Darayya, cites need for compliance with humanitarian law

The top United Nations humanitarian relief official has expressed extreme concern over the recent evacuation of the entire population of the besieged Syrian town of Darayya, following an agreement between representatives of Darayya and the Syrian Government – and highlighted how the move does not comply with international law.

Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon

The United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), until the end of August 2017.

UN official highlights challenges of humanitarian operations in Syria

Addressing the media in Geneva, a United Nations spokesperson today highlighted the challenging working environment in which UN humanitarian agencies are operating in within Syria and flagged that aid is being delivered to all those who need, regardless of their affiliation and where they live.

UN envoy ‘greatly regrets’ intensification of fighting in Syria

Regretting the intensified fighting and grave humanitarian situation in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, reiterates the need for a political solution to the conflict there, according to his spokesperson Jessy Chahine.

INTERVIEW: The Syrian forces and ISIL used toxic chemicals as weapons – report

The Syrian Airforce and ISIL used toxic chemicals as weapons, according to a new report issued on Tuesday by Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), and mandated by the UN Security Council.

Reverse ‘negative trajectory’ and restore hope for two-state solution, says UN Middle East envoy

The United Nations senior official coordinating efforts towards the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today reiterated a call for both sides to work towards a negotiated two-state solution which envisages the co-existence of Palestine and Israel as amicable neighbours.

Yemen: UN humanitarian coordinator ‘deeply concerned’ by failures to protect civilians

A senior United Nations humanitarian official said today he “is deeply concerned” by the devastating impact that the recent upsurge in fighting is having on civilians in Yemen and along the border the country shares with Saudi Arabia.