Middle East

UN agency condemns killing of two journalists working on assignment in Iraq

The killing of two journalists in Iraq drew strong condemnation today from the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom and the safety of journalists.

Iraq's children caught in cycle of violence and poverty as conflict escalates, UNICEF warns

The past three years of intensifying conflict in Iraq have left the country's children trapped in a grinding cycle of violence and poverty, an assessment out today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling on the warring parties to immediately end hostilities.

UNESCO chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's Mosul

The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the destruction of historic religious architecture in Iraq's Mosul city by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters.

Protection of civilians in Syria must be ensured, stresses UN chief Guterres

Expressing alarm over the suffering of people Syria, in particular those in Raqqa and in other locations where fighting continues, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all those conducting military operations in the country to ensure the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Warring parties in Yemen 'must take all feasible precautions' to minimize harm to civilians – UN envoy

Civilians in Yemen continue to be killed and injured during Ramadan, despite calls for the conflict parties to respect their obligations under international law, the senior United Nations aid official in the country warned today.

'Now is not the time to give up' on two-state solution, UN Middle East envoy tells Security Council

Achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that is based on Israeli security needs and the Palestinian right to sovereignty and statehood, the United Nations envoy on Middle East peace told the Security Council today.

Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak, UN agencies report

A “race” is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said today.

Bees, hens and greenhouses help restore livelihoods in Iraq – UN agriculture agency

Thousands of vulnerable Iraqi and Syrian refugee families affected by conflict in northern Iraq aim to profit from new livelihood ventures of the United Nations agriculture agency.

UN Middle East envoy condemns attack that leaves Israeli police officer dead, four others injured

The United Nations envoy on Middle East peace has condemned yesterday's shooting and stabbing attack by Palestinian assailants near Jerusalem's Old City that killed an Israeli Border Police Officer and wounded at least four others including civilians.

UN refugee agency urges sustained access as civilians flee Raqqa fighting

As fighting in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa continues to take a toll on civilians and displaces thousands every day, the United Nations refugee agency has called for greater and sustained access to that it can reach those in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.