Middle East

UN agency launches social media campaign to bring urgent food aid to Syrian refugees

Two days after it was forced to suspend food assistance to millions of Syrian refugees due to lack of funding, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today an ambitious fundraising campaign to drum up support and financing for its life-saving efforts in the war-ravaged country and surrounding region.

UN envoy welcomes deal between Iraqi, Kurdish region on oil, finances

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) welcomed today an agreement reached between the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to resolve issues related to oil exports and the budget.

Lebanon: Ban appoints Special Coordinator as country continues to face political vacuum

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as his new Special Coordinator for Lebanon, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.

Violence in Iraq kills at least 1,232 people in November – UN

Some 1,232 people – mostly civilians – were killed by violence in Iraq in November, the top United Nations official there said today as he called on Iraq’s political, religious and social leaders to rise above their differences and work to consolidate the democratic process.

Syria: UN forced to suspend food aid, warns of 'disastrous' impact as winter nears

A life-saving programme providing food vouchers to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees has been suspended due to lack of funds, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today, warning that the move will have a devastating impact on families who are already facing a dire situation as the harsh winter months approach.

Emergency declared in Gaza following severe flooding – UN

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, has declared an emergency in Gaza City, following extreme weather and severe flooding over the past 48 hours exacerbating the already poor humanitarian situation in the enclave, which is dealing with the aftermath of a last summer's conflict, and an acute fuel and energy crisis.

Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short, UN relief chief warns, calling for end to violence

While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top UN relief official has said today, calling on the Security Council to push for an end to the violence that is destroying the country and destabilizing the region.

Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes ‘contrary to international law,’ UN experts warn

The Israeli Government’s use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two United Nations experts urged today, adding that the practice – which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – is a violation of human rights law.

‘Peace process hangs from a thread,’ UN warns ahead of Day of Solidarity with Palestinians

United Nations officials today voiced their solidarity with the people of Palestine, while calling on both sides involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to cease acts of violence, overcome their differences, and resume peace talks with a clear framework towards resolving the decades-long dispute.

UN says Palestinian refugees from Syria face ‘increasingly grave’ situation region wide

The plight of Palestine refugees from Syria in the Middle East is becoming increasingly grave caused by closed borders and a series of forced returns from neighbouring countries, Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said today.