News by region: Middle East


'Gaza is still in crisis' one year after hostilities, UN relief official warns, urging stepped-up recovery efforts

7 July – One year after the escalation of hostilities in Gaza, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Robert Piper, today expressed concern over the ongoing humanitarian situation and the slow pace of reconstruction there.


Yemen: despite major obstacles and insecurity, UN continuing to deliver aid to displaced

3 July – The United Nations is working to deliver humanitarian aid in war-torn Yemen despite widespread insecurity, port delays and severe restrictions on access, several of the Organization's agencies and partners confirmed today, citing efforts to provide everything from emergency shelters to food and other basic necessities to tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting and airstrikes.


Urging end to violence, UN Middle East envoy warns of rise in security-related incidents in West Bank

3 July – Increasingly concerned by the continued deadly incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, against Israelis and Palestinians, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov today called for an immediate end to the violence.


Syria's 'disastrous' conflict fuelling child labour and exploitation across region, warns new UN report

2 July – Much more needs to be done to reverse the trend of an ever increasing number of children forced to work as a result of the conflict in Syria often “carrying heavy loads, being exposed to pesticides and toxic chemicals, and working long hours,” according to a joint report released today by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children.


Funding shortfall forces UN agency to make cuts in food aid to Syrian refugees

1 July – A severe lack of funding is forcing the United Nations to implement deeper cuts in food assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees across Lebanon and Jordan, the Organization has confirmed.


Ban urges global community to help Syria end ‘cataclysmic conflict’

30 June – The international community should be ashamed that three years since the adoption of the Geneva Communiqué on Syria, the Middle Eastern country’s “cataclysmic conflict” continues unabated, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


Year of sustained violence across Iraq has hit children hardest, UN says

30 June – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said that over the past year in Iraq, it has seen a 75 per cent increase in grave violations against children that include killing and maiming, abduction, recruitment as soldiers, sexual violence, attacks against schools and denial of humanitarian access.


As Yemen crisis deteriorates, UNICEF says children at increasing risk of disease, hunger

30 June – The ongoing conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the country’s health system and has exposed millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.


Yemen: Ban deplores attack on UN compound in Gulf country, calls for full investigation

29 June – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the Coalition-led airstrikes on a United Nations compound in the Yemeni city of Aden, which resulted in serious structural damage and one casualty, a spokesperson for the Organization said today.


Syria: deputy UN relief chief urges political solution amid 'extremely challenging' humanitarian crisis

29 June – Humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the Syrian conflict is being increasingly obstructed by the ongoing fighting in the country and a shortfall in critical funding, a senior United Nations relief official warned today.