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ISIL forces civilians towards Mosul airport; UN rights office probes reports of mass graves

08 November 2016 – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters have forced 1,500 families towards the airport in Mosul, the United Nations human rights wing said today, adding that it is also looking into reports of mass graves near the city, where military operations are under way to oust the terrorists.


Over-generalized approach could expose peace operations to greater risk, warns UN deputy chief

07 November 2016 – Amid increased attacks from violent extremist and terrorist groups, the United Nations peace operations must be better prepared to face such asymmetric threats by ensuring the safety and security of UN personnel and adapting to varying situations on the ground, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council today.


UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ ceasefire violations in Mali

03 November 2016 – Strongly condemning repeated violations of the ceasefire arrangements by the Plateforme and Coordination in and around northern Mali’s restive Kidal town, the United Nations Security Council today warned that such acts threaten the viability of the peace agreement in the country and called on the armed groups to immediately cease hostilities and return to dialogue.


Displaced amid Mosul offensive, close to 10,000 children in urgent need of aid, says UNICEF

03 November 2016 – Some 20,700 people have been displaced since the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from terrorists started on 17 October, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today, estimating that 9,700 of them are children in urgent need of assistance.


UN rights office concerned at continuing hostilities in both western and eastern Aleppo

01 November 2016 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern that all parties in Aleppo are conducting hostilities which are resulting in large numbers of civilian casualties, and creating an atmosphere of terror for those who continue to live in the Syrian city.


Syria: Security Council strongly condemns attacks against schools and shelling of Russian Embassy

29 October 2016 – The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the “strongest terms” an attack yesterday on the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Syria's capital Damascus as well as the widely reported recent attacks on schools in the country, according to separate statements issued late yesterday.


Stronger regional partnerships can help UN promote global stability, Ban tells Security Council

28 October 2016 – Highlighting the complex challenges confronting global peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the urgent need for a collective response by the international community that draws on regional and global partnerships.


‘Stop draining the blood of Syrians’ – UN relief chief’s appeal to the Security Council

26 October 2016 – In another impassioned plea to the United Nations Security Council urging action to stop the bloodshed in war-ravaged Syria, the top UN humanitarian official stressed that since his last briefing to the body (on 29 September), 400 more Syrians had been killed and close to 2,000 injured in eastern Aleppo.


UN aid agencies stepping up assistance for those fleeing Mosul fighting

26 October 2016 – As newly-displaced Iraqis are starting to arrive at camps set up by the United Nations for people fleeing the ongoing military offensive to wrest Mosul from terrorists, the Organization’s health and refugee agencies have ramped up their own operations to provide assistance and to respond to what has thus far been a ‘moderate’ influx.


UN ‘Global Open Day’ emphasizes Afghan women’s role in fighting violent extremism

26 October 2016 – Following a meeting with Afghan civil society representatives today in Kabul, senior UN officials stressed that securing women’s rights is essential to strategies that combat violent extremism and encouraged the Government to develop and implement human-rights based and gender sensitive polices to address to address its drivers.