Middle East

'The time to act is now;' end children's suffering in Iraq and across the Middle East – UNICEF

Calling for “immediate care and protection” for children caught up in violence in Iraq's war torn Mosul and other Middle East conflicts, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that the lives and futures of some 27 million across the region and parts of Africa are at risk.

Three displaced families killed in airstrike in south-west Yemen – UN rights wing

Three displaced families have been killed when their makeshift shelter was hit in an airstrike in Yemen's Taiz governorate earlier this week, the United Nations human rights wing said.

Rainy season worsens cholera crisis in Yemen; UN agencies deliver clean water, food

Yemen is facing the world's largest cholera outbreak, the United Nations health agency today warned, with 5,000 Yemenis falling sick every day – the majority of them children and the elderly.

UN chief concerned about unfolding violence in Jerusalem's Old City

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today expressed concern about the situation in the Old City of Jerusalem, which has been the scene of escalating violence in recent days.

UN envoy calls for de-escalation of tensions and violence in Jerusalem

Expressing deep concern over a surge in tensions and violence around the holy esplanade of Jerusalem's Old City, the United Nations envoy on Middle East peace today called for de-escalation of the situation.

UN refugee agency 'shocked' by reported airstrike and casualties in Yemen

The United Nations refugee agency today said that it is “deeply shocked and saddened” at reports of the deaths and injuries of internally displaced persons in an aerial attack on the embattled Mawza district in Yemen's Taizz governorate.

UN chief calls tolerance, understanding and compassion 'catalysts for peace'

Religion is being distorted to increase differences, Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging the international community to counter such narratives.

Despite some improvements, food security remains dire in Syria – UN agencies

In spite of improvements in wheat production in war-torn Syria – about 12 per cent more than last year's record low – the overall food security situation remains far worse than before the conflict, the United Nations food security and emergency food relief agencies have said.

UN rights group concludes evaluation of Palestinians living under occupation

A committee of United Nations experts has completed its annual evaluation of the situation of people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, hearing serious concerns about Israel’s human rights record, including the deteriorating situation in Gaza, inadequate protection for detained children and increasing obstacles being faced by human rights defenders and journalists.

After Mosul victory, senior UN officials detail Iraq’s political and humanitarian needs

Senior United Nations officials today called for regional and international support to stabilize newly liberated Mosul and to create conditions for peace and development throughout Iraq.