Middle East

Security Council rejects Russian request to condemn airstrikes in Syria

In an address to an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres cautioned against the crisis in Syria “spiraling out of control."

Following airstrikes, UN chief warns against escalation over Syria

The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the international community to avoid actions which could escalate the crisis in Syria and deepen the suffering of its people.

At Security Council, UN chief pushes for creation of body to determine perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday again called for the creation of an independent panel that could determine who used chemical weapons in Syria, as the absence of such a body increases the risks of a military escalation in a country already riven by “confrontations and proxy wars.”

Syria: Break impasse in Security Council, avoid situation ‘spiraling out of control’ – UN chief

Amid the risks of the situation in Syria “spiraling out of control,” the United Nations chief has appealed to the five permanent members of the Security Council to break the current deadlock on reported use of chemical weapons in the war-torn country.

WHO demands ‘unhindered access’ to site of suspected chemical attack in Syria

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that it has received reports that an estimated 500 patients at Syrian health facilities have exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals, after the shelling of a Damascus suburb over the weekend.

Security Council fails to adopt three resolutions on chemical weapons use in Syria

Days after an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt two competing resolutions that would have established a mechanism to investigate use of such weapons in Syria, as well as another concerning a fact-finding mission in the war-torn country.

Guterres renews call for Security Council unity over Syria; UN agencies warn ‘desperate’ situation becoming worse for civilians

Reports of new alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta over the weekend have been condemned by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who on Tuesday repeated his call for the Security Council to “find unity” on the issue and ensure accountability.

Amid allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, UN chief calls for civilian protection

Following a period of relative calm in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday expressed deep concern over renewed violence in Douma, particularly the alarming allegations that chemical weapons may have been used against civilians.

UN calls for restraint ahead of renewed Palestinian protests at Gaza fence

After last week’s deadly violence near the Gaza fence and with fresh protests planned at the Gaza-Israel border tomorrow, the United Nations has urged all parties to refrain from any act that could lead to further violence or place civilians – especially children – in harm’s way.

Efforts to discover those responsible for chemical weapons use in Syria at a standstill, Security Council told

A senior United Nations official on Wednesday stressed the need for an independent investigation to determine who used chemical weapons in Syria, and called on the Security Council to show unity to not let the perpetrators get away with it.