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UN and partners in ‘race against time’ to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing Fallujah

06 June 2016 – The United Nations and partners today warned they are “in a race against time” to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah, while the UN envoy for Iraq reiterated his call to ensure civilians have unhindered access to medical facilities and humanitarian assistance.


Yemen: Ban removes Saudi-led coalition from report on conflict-affected children, pending joint review

06 June 2016 – In the wake of the release of his latest report on the situation of 'Children in Armed Conflict,' United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accepted a proposal by Saudi Arabia that the United Nations and the Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen review jointly the cases and numbers cited in the text.


Ban ‘shocked’ at scale of grave violations against children detailed in latest report

03 June 2016 – In his annual report on children and armed conflict covering the year 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his shock at the scale of grave violations against children in countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.


‘Operating space for humanitarian actors is shrinking’ in Syria, UN relief chief warns Security Council

03 June 2016 – The top United Nations relief official said today he remains extremely concerned about the welfare of civilians across Syria, who he said continue to face “horrific deprivation and violence,” particularly those trapped in besieged areas.


Top relief official says UN and partners doing ‘everything they can’ for people in Fallujah

02 June 2016 – Expressing his deep concern at the plight of civilians trapped in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah in Iraq, the most senior United Nations relief official today underlined that the Organization and its partners are doing everything they can to scale up humanitarian assistance.


Iraq: despite hundreds killed in May, UN says will of civilians ‘remains unshaken’

02 June 2016 – A total of 867 Iraqis were killed and another 1,459 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in May 2016, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


‘Justice may be delayed, but not denied,’ Security Council told at debate on sexual violence in conflict

02 June 2016 – At a Security Council debate today on sexual violence in conflict, senior United Nations officials stressed that in the past decade, the world has witnessed a fundamental shift in the way the issue is understood and addressed as a peace and security concern.


Droughts and persisting conflicts exacerbate global food needs – UN agency

02 June 2016 – Droughts linked to El Niño and civil conflicts have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found.


Syria: UN experts urge protection of civilians amid ISIL offensives in country’s north

01 June 2016 – Two United Nations human rights experts today urged immediate protection for thousands of civilians caught up in offensives by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) in the Aleppo region of northern Syria.


Senior UN relief officials express concern over Syrians trapped by fighting in northern Aleppo

31 May 2016 – Two United Nations humanitarian officials expressed deep concerned over the fate of an estimated 8,000 Syrians trapped by fighting around the towns of Mare’a and Sheikh Issa in northern Aleppo Governorate following advances in the past three days by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) into areas controlled by non-State armed groups.