News by region: Middle East


In Jerusalem, Ban urges two-State solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

27 June – Following a meeting with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that nearly 50 years of occupation of Palestinian land has not brought security for Israelis, stressing that only a negotiated two-State solution could bring the legitimate aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians to fruition.


UNICEF deplores killing of children in eastern Syria

27 June – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has spoken out against the reported killing of 25 children in recent air-strikes in the Syrian town of al-Quriyah, in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.


Iraq: UN sending extra food rations to provide for thousands displaced from Fallujah

27 June – Expressing concern about the extremely dire conditions for more than 85,000 people who have fled the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah and its surroundings over the last month, the United Nations food relief agency today said it is sending additional rations to provide immediate food relief to the growing number of displaced.


In Kuwait, Ban urges Yemeni delegations in peace talks to find lasting solution to end conflict

26 June – In Kuwait today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the situation in Yemen, urging the delegations involved in the UN-supported Yemeni peace talks to prevent a further deterioration of the situation and arrive at a comprehensive agreement ending the conflict.


UN experts urge Israeli lawmakers to halt proposed legislation targeting civil society groups

24 June – Three United Nations human rights experts today urged Israeli lawmakers not to approve the bill that would, in effect, target non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are critical of Government policy.


Detention, heavy fines for artistic expression in Iran ‘unacceptable,’ say UN rights experts

24 June – UN human rights experts on cultural rights and on freedom of expression have expressed concern at the imprisonment and imposition of heavy fines against three artists in the Islamic Republic of Iran earlier this month and have called for their immediate release.


‘Medieval’ sieges, barrel bombs are ‘disgusting reality’ in Syria – senior UN officials

23 June – The recent “stuttering momentum” in delivering humanitarian aid to Syria’s besieged and hard-to-reach populations must be significantly expanded in the second half of 2016, the United Nations humanitarian chief told the Security Council today, warning that progress made to date was only “a trickle” of the country’s overwhelming needs.


Lebanon: UN envoy calls for collective support from global community for country at risk of ‘imploding’

22 June – The United Nations head of humanitarian operations for Lebanon today urged the international community to develop a comprehensive approach of support, or risk the implosion of a country that is vital to the regional dynamics.


Bahrain: UN special adviser stresses urgency of de-escalating tensions sparked by protests

22 June – Noting the new protests and increased tensions in Bahrain triggered by the revocation of the citizenship of a prominent Shia religious leader, a senior United Nations human rights advisor called on the Government to ensure that the right to freedom of peaceful assembly is fully respected and that any response to the protests is in accordance with the country’s obligations under international human rights law.


Ban condemns terrorist attack against Jordanian guard post at Syrian border

21 June – Condemning today's terrorist attack against a Jordanian border guard post at the north-eastern border with Syria, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates his solidarity with the Government and people of Jordan.