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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.


Thousands of desperate civilians on the run as battle for Fallujah continues – UN

31 May 2016 – Nearly 3,700 people, or 624 families, have fled Fallujah over the past week amid a new offensive by Iraqi forces to retake the besieged city from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), the United Nations said today, with humanitarian officials also reporting that those civilians left behind risk being used as ‘human shields’ by the terrorists.


UN refugee agency begins delivering supplies to families escaping besieged Fallujah

27 May 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency said today that it is delivering emergency relief supplies to families who managed to escape the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah over the past few days.


Iraq: civilians in besieged Fallujah at ‘extreme risk,’ senior UN humanitarian official warns

26 May 2016 – Humanitarian agencies on the ground in Iraq are warning that civilians in the city of Fallujah –which has been under the control of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) for more than two years – are at extreme risk, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq has said.


Security Council condemns terrorist attacks in cities on Syria's coast

25 May 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Syria – claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) – that killed and injured more than 100 people on 23 May, expressing condolences to the victims' families and a speedy recovery to the injured.


Iraq: UN human rights office urges investigation into use of force against protestors

24 May 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Iraq to immediately conduct an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the use of force by security forces against protestors outside the Green Zone in Baghdad this past week.


WHS: Humanitarian aid is 'failing' – in an interview, UN advisor tells why

24 May 2016 – The humanitarian sector is failing to protect civilians from violence, a top UN advisor stressed today at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey.


Ban condemns terrorist attacks killing dozens of civilians in two coastal Syrian cities

23 May 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terrorist attacks today that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous.


WHS: UN humanitarian summit to 'shape a different future,' Ban tells thousands at opening ceremony

23 May 2016 – At the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world.