Middle East

Use of chemical weapons, under any circumstances, unjustifiable and abhorrent – UN

Alarmed at persistent reports of chemical weapons use in Syria, the United Nations Secretary-General has called on the Security Council to demonstrate unity and resolve in response to bringing to justice those who use.

Displacement surges as twin military offensives drive thousands from Afrin and east Ghouta – UN

The humanitarian crisis in Syria is reaching new peaks as hundreds of thousands of people flee the escalating fighting in Eastern Ghouta and Afrin, the latest flashpoints in the long-running conflict, United Nations relief agencies said Tuesday.

Thousands suffering amid harrowing conditions in east Ghouta and Afrin – UN

The United Nations in Syria is appealing urgently for help to ease the catastrophic situation for tens for thousands of people impacted by fighting in Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, and the northern town of Afrin.

Lebanon: UN humanitarian fund to step up support for the most vulnerable

At a time when resources for refugees from Syria is declining, the top United Nations humanitarian official in Lebanon, the country host to some 1.5 million Syrian and several thousand Palestinian refugees, has launched a funding allocation to ensure that critical relief programmes can be sustained.

Brief ceasefire in Douma only piece of good news for civilians in war-torn Syria, UN envoy says

The United Nations mediator for the Syrian conflict told the Security Council on Friday that its three-week old demand for a ceasefire across the war-ravaged country was still not being implemented, and while progress had been made in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, “the bottom line is, too many civilians are still suffering.”

Gaza requires changed political reality, renewed commitment to avoid total collapse

The lack of a political process to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the single largest impediment to Palestinian development, and an escalation in hostilities could completely break down service delivery in Gaza, a United Nations report said Friday.

Syria: Children, families killed by airstrikes, shelling in Afrin – UN

Dozens of children have been killed since fighting began in the north-western Syrian town of Afrin, where people are under bombardment, hospitals have been shut down and water supplies cut off, the United Nations has reported.

UN Security Council calls for all Yemen’s ports to remain fully open to all aid imports

The Security Council has urged warring parties in Yemen to allow humanitarian convoys to safely reach all conflict-affected governorates without hindrance, while also asking that all Yemen’s ports remain fully open to commercial and relief supply imports.

In Rome, UN chief urges international community to remain strongly committed to stability in Lebanon

Calling Lebanon “a fundamental pillar of stability” in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday told a high-level meeting in Rome that it is absolutely essential for the international community to show strong solidarity with the country.

Guterres urges donors to generously support UN agency for Palestine refugees, ‘as a matter of human solidarity’

Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday called on the international community to generously support the activities of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which is facing “the worst financial crisis in its history.”