Middle East

Iraq: UN seeks urgent safe passage for emergency aid to war-convulsed Anbar province

Warning that the critical humanitarian situation in Iraq’s Anbar province is likely to worsen as fighting rages between Government forces and militias, the United Nations is working with national and regional authorities and its humanitarian partners to ensure safe passage for emergency aid to stranded and displaced families.

UN rights office condemns deadly shelling of Yemeni funeral procession

The United Nations human rights office today strongly condemned the killing of more than 20 people, and the wounding of dozens of children and other relatives, during a funeral procession in southern Yemen, and urged authorities to hold those responsible to account.

First chemical arms materials leave Syria, joint OPCW-UN mission confirms

The process of removing Syria’s most critical chemical weapons material outside of the country for destruction began today, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations confirmed.

UN, partners seek $1 billion to save Syria’s children from becoming ‘lost generation’

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $1 billion to save millions of Syrian children from becoming a “lost generation,” doomed by the civil war in their country to a life of despair, diminished opportunities and broken futures.

UN envoy meets with senior Saudi officials on support for Lebanon

The top United Nations official in Lebanon met today with senior leaders from the Government of Saudi Arabia to discuss a host of issues, including support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and the region-wide efforts to cope with the massive numbers of refugees sparked by the crisis in Syria.

Invitations to Syria peace conference being sent out today, UN spokesperson confirms

Preparations for the long-sought international conference on Syria are moving ahead, with the United Nations reaching out to the more than 30 participating Member States and with a call on the Syrian opposition to name members of its delegations.

Ban appoints Jane Holl Lute to aid relocation of Iranian exiles in Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Jane Holl Lute as his Special Adviser for Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents Outside of Iraq.

UN agency urges end to rising violence against journalists in Iraq

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom, expressed alarm today at the recent killing of six media workers in two separate incidents in Iraq and called for measures to bring those responsible to justice.

Lebanon: UN calls for restraint following latest terrorist car bombing in Beirut

The United Nations today called on all parties in Lebanon to show restraint following the second deadly car bomb attack in less than a week, and to support the army and security forces as they seek to prevent further acts of terrorism.