Middle East

Syria: UN agency restores full rations thanks to boost in donor funding

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that new funding pledged during a conference in London earlier this month will enable the agency to fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrians.

UN condemns recent spate of deadly terrorist attacks in Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Muqdadiya in Iraq that killed scores of civilians and injured many more.

Yemen: Ban condemns apparent airstrike on Sana'a market; calls for prompt investigation

Condemning an apparent airstrike in Yemen that reportedly killed at least 32 civilians in a market northeast of Sana'a on Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a prompt and impartial investigation into the incident, which saw a death toll that was among the highest from a single bombing in recent months.

UN Security Council endorses cessation of hostilities pact in Syria

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously endorsed the agreement negotiated by Russia and the United States on a cessation of hostilities in Syria – set to take effect at midnight Damascus time – which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed as “our best chance to end the brutal violence” in the country after five years of war.

Humanitarian and ceasefire tracks for Syria 'moving in the right direction' – UN envoy

International task forces established to ensure unimpeded humanitarian access and a ceasefire in Syria “are moving in the right direction,” a United Nations mediator said today, ahead of a Friday deadline to accept a truce.

‘Everyone is losing’ in the Syrian conflict, UN relief chief tells Security Council

While welcoming the recent announcement of a cessation of hostilities in Syria as a “long-awaited signal of hope,” the top United Nations humanitarian official today echoed the calls of the world body and the international community at large for the parties involved to work towards a more durable ceasefire and facilitate conditions for increased protection and humanitarian aid.

Syria ‘reduced to ruins,’ with civilians paying the biggest price, says UN human rights panel

As the Syrian conflict is entering its sixth year, civilians are bearing the brunt of intensifying hostilities conducted by an ever-increasing number of warring parties, with aerial bombardments by pro-Government forces leaving “few safe places,” a new United Nations-mandated report has found.

Syria: head of panel for joint UN body says chemical weapons probing to begin in March

The head of a United Nations-mandated body tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian civil war said today that preliminary work on seven potential cases has been nearly concluded and that in-depth investigations will begin in March.

Ban welcomes cessation of hostilities pact in Syria as ‘signal of hope;’ condemns bombings

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the agreement announced today by United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) Ceasefire Taskforce, on the terms of a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria scheduled to come into effect on Saturday.

Iraq: UN relief official calls for relocation of civilians to safer areas

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has said she is deeply worried about thousands of civilians who are trapped in Fallujah city and in Sinjar district and are unable to access aid, calling on Government officials to redouble efforts to relocate civilians to safer areas before the situation deteriorates further.