News by region: Middle East


More than 350,000 children vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria – UN

18 August – A United Nations polio vaccination campaign in Syria has provided protection to more than 355,000 children under age five in two governorates, where violence has made access especially difficult.


Yemen's 'man-made catastrophe' is ravaging country, senior UN officials tell Security Council

18 August – Warning about escalating suffering in Yemen's man-made catastrophe, senior United Nations officials today addressed the Security Council, calling on the international community to push for a political solution to the more than two-year-old conflict.


Pregnant, breastfeeding women among most at risk in Yemen's cholera outbreak

17 August – In the midst of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, where an average 5,000 people fall sick every day, the United Nations population agency is warning about the dangers to pregnant and breastfeeding women.


Yemen's cholera epidemic surpasses half-million suspected cases, UN agency says

14 August – More than 500,000 people in Yemen are suspected of having cholera, the United Nations health agency today said, warning that the disease is spreading quickly due to a lack of clean water or health access.


In Iraq, UN Youth Envoy says young people are 'most valuable force we have to shape a better future'

12 August – As International Youth Day events kicked off worldwide today, at a special event in Iraq, the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, pledged to do everything in her power to ensure the voices of youths, including those working to build peace, are heard.


UN rights office 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Gaza

11 August – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave's power supply.


Iraq: UN refugee agency steps up humanitarian support for families returning to Mosul

11 August – The United Nations refugee agency has been stepping up its assistance for people, including thousands of returnees, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which had until recently been the scene of a fierce battle for control between terrorist fighters and the Government forces.


Over 600,000 displaced Syrians returned home so far this year – UN agency

11 August – More than 600,000 displaced Syrians returned home in the first seven months of 2017, the United Nations migration agency and partners have found.


Iraq launches UN-supported action plan to save lives of mothers and newborns

10 August – Decades of conflict and under-investment have placed a huge strain on Iraq's healthcare system – with pregnant women and their babies paying for it with their lives, according to three United Nations agencies.


Syria: UN relief wing voices concern about civilians caught in crossfire in Raqqa city

9 August – The United Nations humanitarian wing is deeply concerned about the safety and protection of the thousands of civilians inside Raqqa city, many of them women and children, who are caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict, a UN spokesperson said today.