Middle East

'No safe place left' for children in war-ravaged Aleppo, says senior UNICEF official

Returning from a mission to Aleppo, a senior United Nations Children's Agency (UNICEF) official in Syria described “haunting images” of children killed by mortars and malnourishment, and said that the terrible situation “continues to plummet to even greater lows.”

Israel's settlement 'legalization bill' would harm prospects for Arab-Israeli peace, UN envoy warns

The United Nations envoy on the Middle East peace process today warned against Israel's move to adopt the so-called 'legalization bill,' which aims to protect illegal settlements and outposts built on private Palestinian property in the West Bank, “but which some have said could be a step towards annexation” of the area.

Security Council fails to adopt resolution calling for ceasefire in Aleppo

The United Nations Security Council today failed to adopt a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in Aleppo that would allow humanitarian aid to reach people trapped in the war-ravaged Syrian city.

Iraq: UN delivers live-saving medicines and medical supplies inside Mosul

United Nations health agencies have delivered critical medicines and medical supplies to treat almost 13,000 people in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where the Government forces have been staging a military campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh) terrorists.

UN refugee agency boosts winter assistance for displaced Iraqis in conflict-affected villages

As the security situation has stabilized in villages near war-torn Mosul, where Iraqi military operations are under way to wrest the city from terrorists, the United Nations refugee agency and its partners are racing against time to distributing winter kits to those who remained or returned home and those newly-displaced as plunging temperatures hit the area.

Iraq: ‘Staggering’ number of civilian casualties in November; Baghdad hardest hit, says UN

Last month, Iraq suffered thousands of deaths and injuries – including by a significant number of civilians – in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict, according to recently released figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Syria: UN refugee agency spotlights growing shelter needs as thousands flee Aleppo violence

While reiterating its extreme concern about the civilian population in Syria’s war-battered Aleppo, the United Nations refugee agency today said it is also focusing on the rapidly growing shelter needs for thousands of people fleeing the city’s eastern neighbourhoods.

Syria: With winter closing in, UN envoys highlight humanitarian urgency of situation in Aleppo

With the humanitarian crisis in Syria’s devastated city of Aleppo deteriorating by the day, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country appealed for a pause in fighting so that much needed relief can reach the city’s population and those with urgent medical emergencies can be evacuated.

Nearly half of children in Mosul now cut off from clean water as conflict intensifies – UNICEF

Destruction of a major water pipeline has left nearly half of the children in the Iraqi battleground city of Mosul cut off from access to clean water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Without urgent steps to end violence, Aleppo may become ‘giant graveyard,’ Security Council told

With thousands of civilians fleeing neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo, senior United Nations officials today appealed to the Security Council and the wider international community to come together and “do everything in their power to protect civilians and enable aid access to the besieged parts of the [war-battered city] before it becomes one giant graveyard.”