Middle East

UNICEF-backed projects for millions of children in Syria on verge of being 'cut off'

Programmes supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to assist more than nine million children in Syria and neighbouring countries are on the verge of being cut off due to a critical funding shortage.

Yemen: As humanitarian crisis deepens, Security Council urges all parties to engage in peace talks

Expressing grave concern about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a Presidential Statement calling on all parties to engage constructively and in good faith to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in that country.

Syria: UN disarmament chief reports progress in destroying chemical weapons facilities

The United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, reported to the Security Council that "some progress" has been made over the past month in the implementation of its 2013 resolution on the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria.

UN aid official warns of 'disastrous consequences' of power cut in Gaza

A senior United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian Territory warned today about the disastrous consequences of a further reduction in electricity supply to the Gaza Strip on the living conditions of two million Palestinians.

Children hardest hit as cholera spreads in war-torn Yemen – UNICEF

As the outbreak of cholera in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming rate – with terrible impact on children – the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has called for immediate support to enable the country's health workers respond or risk even more deaths from the deadly disease.

Head of UN human rights inquiry decries 'disastrous' civilian death toll in Syria

Conflict in Syria continues to rage with “disastrous consequences” for civilians who continue to bear the brunt of the six-year war, the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights investigation said today.

UN rights chief urges dialogue among Qatar and countries involved in diplomatic dispute

Voicing alarm over the possible impact on the rights of people in the wake of decision by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, the top United Nations human rights official called on all States involved to urgently resolve the dispute.

Guterres expresses support for UN agency's work assisting Palestine refugees in Middle East

Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concerns over recent public criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the integrity of its operations, and called on all Member States to continue to support the agency in discharging its important humanitarian mandate.

Recent killings in western Mosul indicative of rising war crimes against civilians – UN rights arm

Noting “credible” reports that Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters killed more than 231 civilians, including women and children, attempting to flee western Mosul over the past two weeks, the United Nations human rights arm underscored that attacks on civilians could amount to war crimes.

Yemen's children 'have suffered enough;' UNICEF official warns of cholera rise, malnutrition

The situation facing children in Yemen is “extremely dire,” a senior United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) official warned today, citing a dramatic increase in cases of malnutrition and a massive outbreak of cholera across the war-torn country.