Middle East

Lebanon: UN agency concludes operation to feed 810,000 mostly displaced people

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today wrapped up a successful three-month operation in Lebanon to feed over 810,000 people displaced or otherwise affected by this summer’s fighting between Israel and Hizbollah, providing nearly 13,000 tons of food throughout the country.

Senior UN envoy for Lebanon ‘particularly disturbed’ by Israeli over-flights of Beirut

A senior United Nations envoy today expressed serious concern at continuing Israeli over-flights of Lebanon, especially intensive mock air raids over Beirut this morning, calling them a breach of the Security Council resolution 1701, which ended this summer’s conflict with Hizbollah.

UN official condemns murder of two Iraqi journalists calling it ‘extermination campaign’

The top official of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today strongly condemned the murder to two more Iraqi reporters – seen as part of a “campaign of extermination” against the media – and called on the authorities to offer better protection to the press.

UN-sponsored International Compact for Iraqi development winds up preparatory stage

The United Nations-backed International Compact with Iraq (ICI) held its final preparatory meeting in Kuwait today as it seeks to consolidate peace in the violence-torn country and pursue political, economic and social development over the next five years.

UNICEF helps vaccinate 320,000 children against polio in Lebanon

More than 320,000 young children throughout Lebanon will receive the first round of polio vaccinations in a United Nations-backed national immunization campaign starting today following the severe disruption of routine health services caused by this summer’s conflict between Israel and Hizbollah.

Lebanon: Annan says disarming Hizbollah is a ‘key element’ in ending hostilities

While acknowledging that progress has been made over the past two years in reducing foreign influence in Lebanon, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that disarming Hizbollah is a “key element” in ensuring a permanent end to hostilities, and warned that much remains to be done to restore stability and peace.

UN lays out function of office for Palestinians to claim damages from Israeli barrier

The United Nations has established the institutional framework for a registry of damages incurred by Palestinians to their homes, business and agricultural holdings as result of Israel’s construction of a barrier in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released today.

Lebanon: UN commander holds ‘productive’ talks on securing final Israeli withdrawal

The acting head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon today held further “productive” talks with senior Lebanese and Israeli officers aimed at securing Israel’s speedy withdrawal from the last position it occupies in the south of the country after this summer’s war with Hizbollah.

Money paid out by UN Compensation Commission for Kuwait invasion tops $21 billion

The amount of money paid out by the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) settling damage awards stemming from Iraq’s 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait topped $21 billion today with the allocation of more than $417 million to 46 claimants in seven countries.

Lebanon: UN moves from emergency relief phase to recovery, reconstruction

United Nations humanitarian agencies have now wrapped up their emergency relief operations in Lebanon following this summer’s war between Israel and Hizbollah and are moving on to the recovery and reconstruction phase, a spokesman announced in New York today.