Middle East

UN agency seeks urgent funds to aid Palestinians uprooted from Lebanese camp

The United Nations agency tasked with aiding Palestinian refugees today called on donors to urgently respond to the $43 million appeal it issued last month for funds to help some 27,000 people displaced from a Lebanese refugee camp last year.

Floods hit Palestinian refugees stuck in Iraq-Syria border camps – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today urged the international community to offer resettlement to desperate Palestinian refugees trapped in camps on the Iraq-Syria border, as it rushed emergency aid to hundreds after heavy rain and flooding caused chaos and misery.

Lebanon needs to make more progress on disarming militias, UN envoy says

Lebanon has made “no tangible progress” towards disbanding and disarming militias operating on its territory, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today, warning that the continued activities of these groups could undermine the staging of parliamentary elections scheduled for next year.

UN reparations panel for Kuwait invasion pays out almost $900 million

The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses because of Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today announced that it will make $889 million available to 16 successful claimants.

Yemen: UN food agency airlifts supplies to flood victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today airlifted 17 tons of high-energy biscuits to assist Yemenis affected by a tropical storm that struck last Thursday, killing 180 people and displacing some 10,000 others from their homes.

UN rushing aid to Yemen after severe flooding displaces 10,000

The United Nations has begun providing assistance to Yemenis affected by recent severe flooding, which has killed 180 people and displaced some 10,000 from their homes.

UN forum on upholding human rights while countering terrorism kicks off

The United Nations today convened a gathering of more than 60 delegates from 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa in Amman to discuss the responsibility of States to protect human rights while countering terrorism, in the first event of its kind in the region.

UN trade and development arm join concerted effort to help reconstruct Iraq

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) signed an agreement today giving it access to a fund of $1.3 billion for the reconstruction and development of Iraq.

Ceasefire between Gaza and Israel has not eased conditions in Gaza – UN expert

The ceasefire between Gaza and Israel that was reached in June has been “generally effective in reducing the level of political violence,” but has not delivered on Israeli assurances to ease entry and exit of goods and people, an independent United Nations human rights expert has told Member States.

Continuing attacks and killings show Lebanon still faces serious challenges – Ban

Lebanon is taking important steps forward after the deadly sectarian violence earlier this year, but a worrying series of political assassinations and explosions continues to plague the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.