Middle East

UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn deadly terrorist attacks in Tehran

Secretary-General António Guterres and the United Nations Security Council today separately offered their condolences to the Iranian Government and families of the people killed in the attacks in the country's capital, Tehran.

Syria: As airstrikes hit Raqqa, UN sounds alarm over plight of civilians

The United Nations humanitarian wing today said it is deeply concerned for the safety and protection of more than 400,000 civilians “who continue to be exposed to daily fighting and airstrikes” in Syria's war-torn Raqqa Governorate.

After 50 years of Israeli occupation, 'now is the time' to create Palestinian state – UN chief

Marking 50 years since the start of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which resulted in Israel's occupation of the Palestinian Territory, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated a call for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

Cholera cases in Yemen may reach 130,000 in two weeks, UNICEF warns

With about 70,000 cholera cases reported with nearly 600 fatalities in Yemen, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that an already dire situation for children is turning into a disaster.

Iraq: UN refugee agency sounds alarm for more support as fighting continues in Mosul

As heavy fighting continues to drive large numbers of people from Mosul, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed for urgent support to meet the critical needs of vulnerable children, women and men displaced from and returning to the city.

UN rights chief calls for probe into protestor deaths in Bahrain

Expressing concern at the violence and arrests that occurred as part of a wider crackdown on dissent in Bahrain, the top United Nations human rights official today called on the Government to promptly launch an independent, effective investigation into the deaths of protestors on 23 May.