News by region: Middle East


UN chief appoints new Deputy Special Coordinator for Middle East peace

4 May – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Robert Piper of Australia as his new Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, a United Nations spokesperson confirmed today.


Yemen: UN relief official urges ‘safe and reliable’ access to Sana’a airport to deliver critical aid

4 May – The aid operation in Yemen cannot meet the life-saving needs of people unless humanitarians are assured safe and reliable access to the capital’s international airport, the United Nations relief coordinator for the country said today, calling it an “essential lifeline.”


Amid reports of new attack on Yarmouk camp, UN agency urges Syria to halt military operations in civilian areas

2 May – After a reported overnight attack on Yarmouk refugee camp, the United Nations relief agency assisting Palestinians across the Middle East has called on the Syrian Government to refrain from using explosive weapons in populated areas, “including airborne weapons, whose indiscriminate effects expose civilians to imminent danger and suffering.”


UN envoy to kick-off Syria talks in Geneva next week

1 May – The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Syria will begin next week a series of in-depth, separate consultations with Syrian stakeholders and regional and international actors to take stock of their views on reopening peace talks based on the 2012 so-called Geneva Communiqué, a spokesperson for the Organization has announced.


Ban calls for civilian protection in Yemen, urges ceasefire as fuel shortages hamper relief efforts

30 April – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said today that he is gravely concerned about continued ground fighting and aerial bombardment in Yemen and the impact it has on innocent civilians.


Arriving for talks in Gaza, new UN envoy urges Palestinian unity, end to Israeli blockade

30 April – On his first visit to Gaza, the new United Nations envoy on the Middle East peace process pledged today the Organization’s ongoing support for efforts to reconstruct the war-ravaged enclave, lift Israel’s years-long blockade there and help strengthen Palestinian unity.


Ban condemns attack on Yarmouk, as UN agency delivers 'critical' relief to displaced in camp

29 April – The Secretary-General has today strongly condemned the shelling and aerial bombardment of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which occurred despite assurances from the Syrian Government that the camp would not be targeted while civilians remained inside.


Yemen: UN warns of impact to relief efforts amid ongoing fighting across country

28 April – The continuing violence in Yemen has heavily impacted the country’s healthcare facilities and services further aggravating an already precarious humanitarian situation, the United Nations relief arm has warned.


Gaza: Security Council receives report of inquiry into incidents during 2014 conflict

27 April – In a letter transmitting to the Security Council the public summary of a report of the Board of Inquiry regarding incidents in Gaza during the recent conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his "profound and continuing concern” for civilian populations of the Gaza Strip and Israel.


UN agency alarmed by malnutrition among children displaced from Yarmouk camp

26 April – As the United Nations agency tasked with supporting Palestine refugees continued today to provide essential humanitarian assistance to civilians who have been displaced from Yarmouk and to those hosting them, evidence of acute malnutrition was found in a large number of children.