Middle East

‘Give peace a chance,’ urges UN official, reporting sense of optimism as Aleppo ceasefire holds

A senior United Nations humanitarian official reported today that though damage to Aleppo was extreme, aid workers were nonetheless inspired by signs of optimism and hope, and asked that peace be given a chance.

Iraq: 13,000 people flee Mosul over five days as anti-terrorist operations intensify

More than 13,000 people have fled Mosul in just five days since 29 December, as the second phase of military operations to retake the Iraqi city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorists has apparently begun, a United Nations spokesperson said today.

With needs for displaced in eastern Aleppo growing, UN renews calls for donor support

The United Nations today reiterated its call for “immediate and long-term support” for more than 100,000 people in the Syrian city of Aleppo, warning donors that it will not be able to provide life-saving assistance without it.

Iraq: UN envoy strongly condemns Baghdad terrorist attacks that kill many civilians

The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned today's triple bombings in Baghdad in which dozens of civilians were killed and injured.

UN condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul on New Year's Day

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today condemned the despicable terrorist attack overnight on New Year celebrations at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, in which dozens of people were killed and injured.