Middle East

UNICEF chief joins others in condemning Israeli attack on Qana, Lebanon

Reacting to an attack which killed over 50 people in Qana, Lebanon, this weekend, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund has joined her voice to others condemning the incident and calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities as well as special measures to protect the youngest victims of the conflict.

UN environment agency backs response to Lebanon oil slick emergency

The head of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has expressed grave concern over the environmental situation unfolding in the waters off of Lebanon, where an oil slick, caused by Israeli bombardment, is now reported to be affecting vast stretches of the Lebanese coastline and threatening the Syrian one as well.

UN’s top rights chief condemns killings of civilians in Qana, Lebanon

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned the weekend killing of dozens of civilians, including numerous children, resulting from the shelling by the Israeli forces of a residential building in Qana, south Lebanon, and reminded the parties of their obligations under international law.

UN Security Council demands that Iran suspend nuclear activities

Saying that Iran has not taken required steps to assure the world it is not developing nuclear arms, the United Nations Security Council today demanded a suspension of the country’s nuclear enrichment and reprocessing activities, threatening sanctions for non-compliance.

UN sends two more aid convoys to south Lebanon; one to devastated Qana town

The United Nations sent two more emergency aid convoys to southern Lebanon today, including food assistance to the survivors in the town of Qana, where Israeli shelling at the weekend killed dozens of civilians, including numerous children.

UN Force in Lebanon extended for 1 month as Council mulls future action

The Security Council today extended for one month the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) while proposals for a new international presence in the violence-wracked region are considered.

Addressing Security Council, Lebanese minister urges steps to end violence

Addressing a meeting of the United Nations Security Council today, Lebanon’s acting Foreign Minister urged an immediate series of steps aimed at quelling the violence there, while Israel’s representative said his country was acting in self-defence and called for the authorities in Beirut to take control of their entire nation.

Security Council must condemn Israeli attack, demand cessation of hostilities, Annan says

Convening a meeting today of the Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it must condemn last night's Israeli bombing of a village in southern Lebanon which left scores dead, and must call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, warning that a failure to act decisively would undermine the United Nations itself.

Annan mourns 4 UN observers who died in southern Lebanon

Paying tribute to the memory of four United Nations Military Observers who lost their lives during an Israeli bombardment last week at Patrol Base Khiyam in Southern Lebanon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said questions still surrounding their deaths must be answered.

UN force in Lebanon again lodges protests as firing continues in its vicinity

With heavy fighting continuing in southern Lebanon, the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) there today again protested firing in the vicinity – which caused material damage and lightly wounded two blue helmets – to both the Israeli and Lebanese authorities.