Middle East

After 1,000 days of conflict, Yemen sliding into 'deepening catastrophe,' UN agencies warn

As the conflict in Yemen passes the grim 1,000-day milestone, the United Nations is warning that if humanitarian workers cannot gain greater access and the violence does not subside, the cost in lives will be incalculable.

Yemen: Amid spike in casualties, UN relief official says civilians bearing brunt of ‘absurd war’

After separate airstrikes on a crowded market and a rural farm left nearly 70 people dead earlier this week in Yemen, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the country denounced the incidents and reminded the warring parties of their international legal obligations to spare civilian lives and infrastructure.

UNICEF official calls 2017 ‘horrible’ for children in Yemen

Children in Yemen could not have a worse year than 2017, according to a senior official from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Vital that all Yemeni ports kept open for aid and commercial vessels, stresses UN humanitarian chief

With close to three-fourths of all people in Yemen in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations top relief official has underscored the need to keep all ports open to both aid and commercial vessels so that life-saving assistance reaches those in desperate need.

Suspected cholera cases in Yemen surpass one million, reports UN health agency

The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, urging greater efforts to tackle the outbreak and deal with the deteriorating health situation in the war-torn nation.

Secretary-General extends mandate of UN-backed Lebanon tribunal for three more years

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres extended for another three years the mandate of the tribunal set up to try those accused of carrying out the February 2005 attack in Beirut, which killed 22 people, including the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafiq Hariri, and injured many others.

Aid has not reached ‘a single soul’ in Syria’s besieged areas in December, says UN advisor

The list of people requiring life-saving medical help in Syria is getting shorter not because they were evacuated, but because they died, a senior United Nations advisor warned Thursday.

Conflict casts shadow on fight to end hunger in some regions – UN agriculture agency

Conflict and protracted crises in a handful of countries in the Near East and North Africa are hindering efforts to eradicate hunger in the region by 2030, according to a United Nations report published Thursday.

UNICEF airlifts six million doses of vaccines to children in Yemen

A plane charted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed in Sana’a, Yemen, on Thursday, delivering nearly 6 million doses of essential vaccines to protect millions of children at risk of preventable diseases, including the current diphtheria outbreak that has reportedly infected over 300 people and killed 35.

UN envoy urges support for efforts to resume political process in Yemen

The United Nations envoy for Yemen on Wednesday called for halting violence and supporting efforts to bring warring parties together for the resumption of the political process.