Middle East

Senior officials call on Israel to halt West Bank demolitions and respect international law

Three high-level UN officials on Friday issued a statement calling for Israel to end demolitions in the occupied West Bank, after meeting with members of a Bedouin community ousted from their homes earlier this week in the northern Jordan Valley, while their belongings were “seized or destroyed”. 

UN welcomes US decision to ‘strengthen its diplomatic engagement’ towards Yemen peace deal 

The UN on Friday told journalists that it welcomed the decision by the United States “to strengthen it’s diplomatic engagement” and support efforts led by the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, to ends years of conflict there. 

Elections vital to building democratic Palestinian State: UN chief

Elections this year in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will be “a crucial step” towards Palestinian unity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday. 

End impunity for use of chemical weapons in Syria, UN disarmament chief urges Security Council

The United Nations top disarmament official, on Wednesday, stressed the urgent need to not only identify those who have used chemical weapons in Syria, but also hold them accountable for their deeds.

The decision to designate the Houthis (Ansar Allah) a foreign terrorist organization, and how it’s impacting the United Nations

On 10 January, the former United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, announced the designation of the Houthis (Ansar Allah) as a foreign terrorist organization and a specially designated global terrorist entity. The designation entered into effect on 19 January.

Children among dead following bomb attacks in northern Syria

Several people, including four children, are reported dead, with many more injured, following a weekend of deadly bomb attacks in towns in northern rural Aleppo, Syria, that were roundly condemned by senior UN officials.

‘We can’t continue like this’: UN envoy’s grim assessment of Syria peace process

Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria, lamented the slow progress of the peace process in the country, in remarks to the press on Friday, following a meeting involving members of the UN-facilitated Syrian Constitution Committee, in Geneva.

Tens of thousands in northwest Syria lose shelter after floods inundate camps

Heavy rains and floods in north-west Syria has worsened the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced persons, destroying their tents, food and belongings in the midst of winter, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday. 

UN ready to support Palestinian elections, new envoy tells Security Council

Palestinian elections scheduled for later this year will be a crucial step towards unity, the new UN envoy in the region, Tor Wennesland, said on Tuesday in his first briefing to the Security Council. 

Syria: 18 children killed since the start of the year, UNICEF reports

The brutal fighting in Syria continues to exact a terrible toll on children, with at least 18, including a one-year-old killed in incidents involving explosive weapons and unexploded ordnance, since 1 January, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Sunday. At least 15 others were wounded.