News by region: Middle East


Perpetrators of recent terrorist attack in Iraq must be held accountable – UN Security Council

23 February – Condemning, in the strongest terms, the terrorist attack on 16 February in Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, the United Nations Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of such reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.


UN chief urges Syrians at Geneva negotiations to seek political solution; Envoy to meet parties on workplan

23 February – Wrapping up the opening of the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva this evening, United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said he would hold bilateral meetings with participants on Friday to decide on a work plan, as Secretary-General António Guterres said he was encouraged the Syrian parties held face-to-face talks.


Yemen's health system another victim of the conflict – UN health agency

23 February – Acute shortage of critical medicines, limited fuel for electricity and specialized medical staff such as intensive care doctors and nurses having left Yemen have put innocent lives in danger, the United Nations health agency has warned.


Syria negotiations may not yield breakthrough, but momentum needs to be maintained – UN envoy

22 February – A day before negotiations on the crisis in Syria kick off in Geneva, the United Nations Special Envoy for the war-torn country acknowledged that while he is “not expecting a breakthrough,” the proactive momentum needs to be sustained, and the top United Nations relief official told the Security Council that the country’s humanitarian needs would remain critical for a long time.


UN refugee agency focuses on sheltering displaced as Iraqi offensive moves to west Mosul

21 February – The United Nations refugee agency is focusing efforts on camp construction in and around the Iraqi city of Mosul, where renewed fighting could displace up to 250,000 people.


'Time running out' for 1.4 million children in 'man-made' crises in Africa, Yemen – UNICEF

21 February – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death due to severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine threatens in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, warned the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), urging prompt action to save them.


Yemen's brutal two-year conflict forcing displaced to return home amid persisting risks – UN

21 February – The complex crisis in Yemen continues to deepen, with United Nations agencies reporting today that perhaps one million people who had fled for safety are returning to their homes mainly due to a lack of access to income and basic services in the areas of displacement, warning that returnees often find the situation just as bad.


UN aid agencies preparing for 'all scenarios' as western Mosul military operations set to begin

18 February – With military operations to retake western Mosul starting, United Nations humanitarian agencies in Iraq are rushing to prepare for the humanitarian impact of the fighting amid grave concerns that tens of thousands of families are at extreme risks.


Iraq: UN condemns car bomb attack in Baghdad

17 February – The United Nations today condemned the deadly terrorist attack in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, for which the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) has claimed responsibility.


Yemen: Senior UN aid official ‘appalled’ by airstrikes that kill women and children

16 February – The top United Nations humanitarian official in Yemen today said he was extremely saddened and appalled by the airstrikes that killed six women and a girl gathering for a funeral in a private residence in the Arhab District of Sana’a Governorate yesterday.