Middle East

Head of UN rights probe into Gaza conflict urges accountability for war crimes

The head of the United Nations fact finding mission into the Gaza conflict today urged an end to impunity for human rights violations committed there earlier this year, given evidence that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants are guilty of serious war crimes and breaches of humanitarian law, which may amount to crimes against humanity.

Humanitarian situation in Yemen ‘tense and volatile,’ says UN agency

The situation in northern Yemen, where Government forces have been fighting rebels, remains “tense and volatile,” the United Nations refugee agency reported today, noting that civilians are unable to leave Sa'ada and there is still no humanitarian access to the embattled city.

Iran’s new uranium plant violated UN resolutions, Ban says

A newly revealed Iranian uranium enrichment facility violates United Nations Security Council resolutions because of the delay in its disclosure, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

At UN, Arab nations call on Israel to seize opportunity for peace

The moment has come for Israel to take action to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East, Arab nations told the General Assembly’s high-level debate today, calling for an immediate end to settlement activity.

Ban and Iraqi leader discuss request for probe into deadly terror attacks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has discussed Iraq's request for the United Nations to set up an independent international commission to probe deadly bombings and attacks that have struck the country since 2008 with President Jalal Talabani.

Arab leaders urge Israel to do more to resolve Middle East conflict

The foreign ministers of three Arab countries today accused Israel of failing to show the necessary political will to resolve its long-running conflict with the Palestinians and expressed frustration at the continued failure to reach a solution.

Ban voices grave concern over new Iranian fuel enrichment plant

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave concern tonight about Iran’s nuclear enrichment activities in light of news that a new uranium enrichment facility is being constructed in the country.

UN blue helmets help advance de-mining effort in southern Lebanon

Some 7,500 square metres of land in southern Lebanon that was cleared of mines by United Nations peacekeepers were returned this week to farmers and landowners in the town of Hiniyyeh, the world body reported.

Israel must be pressured on Middle East peace process, Lebanon tells UN debate

The international community must step up pressure on Israel to fulfil its obligations to the Middle East peace process, Lebanon’s President told the General Assembly today, warning that Israeli “threats of attacks and wars” were futile and only delayed a long-term solution to the region’s troubles.

UN agency assisting Palestinian refugees marks six decades of work

National leaders and senior government ministers from around the world have gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today to pay tribute to the efforts of the UN agency that has assisted Palestinian refugees across the Middle East for 60 years.