Middle East

UN border assessment team wraps up two-week mission to Lebanon

The independent United Nations team dispatched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the monitoring of the Lebanese border with Syria has wrapped up its two-week mission to Lebanon.

Ban confers with Israeli Foreign Minister on Middle East peace process

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Livni in New York today, with the two discussing the Middle East peace process, including the situation in Lebanon.

Top UN official speaks out against ‘vicious’ attacks on Iraqi civilians

The United Nations envoy to Iraq has strongly condemned today’s bombings in Baghdad and Kirkuk which have left dozens of civilians dead and hundreds more injured, and follow a deadly attack on Sunday in which seven pilgrims were shot to death in Mada’in.

Over half of Gaza’s households living below poverty line, UN says

Household poverty is worsening in Gaza, with over half of all households in the area living below the poverty line, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

Ban deeply concerned about proposed Israeli settlement activity in West Bank

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the announcement today of the initial approval by the Ministry of Defense of 20 residential units in the Israeli military post of Maskiyot in the West Bank.

UN mission in Lebanon helps in fight to put out forest fires

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is helping the country’s authorities fight forest fires that have broken out southeast of the capital this week.

Middle East: top UN official ‘heartened’ by positive steps towards peace

The top United Nations political official today welcomed recent positive moves towards peace that have been made in the Middle East, but sounded the alarm on the lack of progress in the West Bank.

Lebanon: UN border assessment team begins second mission

The independent United Nations team tasked with assessing the monitoring of the Lebanese border with Syria has begun its second mission to Lebanon, it was announced today.

International staff with UN health agency return to Baghdad on permanent basis

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today that it has restored a permanent international staff presence in Baghdad for the first time since a suicide bomb attack on the world body’s Iraq headquarters in 2003 left 22 dead and 150 wounded.

Ban encouraged by prisoner exchange between Israel and Hizbollah

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s long-anticipated prisoner exchange between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah, following months of United Nations-backed mediation efforts.