Middle East

Members of UN human rights probe head to Gaza

The independent team of investigators tasked by the United Nations Human Rights Council with examining alleged rights abuses and violations of international law during the recent conflict in Gaza will begin a week-long trip to the area this weekend.

Top UN envoy explores how sports can improve lives of Middle East’s youth

The United Nations envoy tasked with promoting sport for development and peace is slated for a 10-day trip to the Middle East next week in search of opportunities for using physical activity to improve the daily lives of children and youth in the region.

Secretary-General condemns 'despicable' mosque bombing in Iran

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned as “despicable” the bombing of a mosque in the Iranian city of Zahedan which reportedly killed at least 20 people and wounded many others.

Israeli blockade of Gaza hampers UN relief work, says humanitarian official

The ongoing Israeli blockade is hampering efforts by the United Nations and its partners to help Gaza recover after the recent conflict, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) said today.

Israeli checkpoints continue restricting Palestinian movement – UN report

Israeli obstacles continue to constrain the freedom of movement for Palestinians living in the West Bank, according to a new report by the United Nations humanitarian arm.

Expanded UN feeding scheme targets schoolchildren, most vulnerable Iraqis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it is expanding its food aid operation in Iraq to reach the country’s most vulnerable groups and to begin providing free school lunches to children.

Health conditions worsening in Gaza as borders remain closed – UN agency

The deteriorating health situation in Gaza has been intensified by Israel’s blockade of crossings into the area, the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees warned today.

Iraq: top UN envoy decries deadly bombings

The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today strongly condemned a string of deadly bombings in the country, calling them “reprehensible crimes that have indiscriminately targeted ordinary Iraqis.”

UN environment team completes study of Gaza conflict damages

Experts from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have completed field work on a study of the environmental impact of the recent heavy fighting on Gaza, the agency announced today.

Ban briefed by head of UN rights probe into Gaza conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was briefed today by the head of the independent team of investigators tasked by the United Nations Human Rights Council with examining alleged rights abuses and violations of international law during the recent Gaza conflict.