News by region: Middle East


UNESCO chief condemns murder of Jordanian writer

26 September – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today expressed indignation at the killing of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar.


Syria: Joint UN-Red Crescent relief convoy reaches besieged cities for first time in five months

26 September – The United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have delivered life-saving food aid to 60,000 people under siege in four Syrian towns, their first supplies since April, but extreme concern persists for 250,000 people trapped in Aleppo, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.


At UN, Gulf State Ministers stress importance of ‘good neighbourliness’ in Middle East

26 September – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and Oman today expressed concerns about instability in the Middle East region, citing the links between peace and development, and emphasizing the importance of being good neighbours to each other.


At Security Council, UN envoy appeals for Russia and US cooperation to pull Syria 'away from the brink'

25 September – Amid the unprecedented military assault on eastern Aleppo, where fireballs from incendiary bombs “light up the pitch darkness,” the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today strongly appealed to the Security Council – particularly permanent members Russia and the United States – to rescue a recently collapsed cessation of hostilities, end the bloodshed and speed aid into the iconic city where, overall, some two million people remain under a de facto siege.


United Arab Emirates, in UN debate, says Iran’s actions destabilized region

24 September – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates today expressed concern over Iran’s actions that caused “tension and instability in the region.”


At UN, Syrian Minister says 'well-known' countries to blame for spread of terrorism in region and beyond

24 September – The blood of Syrians has not been enough to quench terrorism's thirst, Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem told the United Nations today, stressing that the scourge has claimed lives in other countries, “including those that have supported and sponsored it,” and further, these innocent people are now paying for the mistakes and short-sighted policies adopted by their governments.


Ban laments 'dark day' for civilian protection as bombing of Aleppo intensifies

24 September – Amid reports of raging battles in and around war-torn Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called this a “dark day” for the global commitment to protect civilians, and stressed that the use of 'bunker buster' bombs and other indiscriminate weapons in densely populated areas may amount to war crimes.


With international support, a ‘new Yemen’ will emerge from catastrophic war, President tells UN

23 September – Thanking the United Nations Secretary-General and Special Envoy for all the efforts they have undertaken to ensure the peace process in Yemen and “break out of the suffocating crisis” that is plaguing his country, President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour told the General Assembly today that with international support, a “new Yemen” will emerge from the ruins of war.


Lebanon is ‘not a country of permanent asylum,’ Prime Minister tells UN Assembly

22 September – Lebanon is no longer able to assimilate additional displaced persons, and the United Nations should envision resettling the displaced Syrians within their national borders, the President of Lebanon’s Council of Ministers, Tammam Salam, told the UN General Assembly today.


At UN, Israel’s Netanyahu says conflict is ‘not about settlements’ but existence of a Jewish State

22 September – The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has never been about settlements, or about establishing a Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly today, saying “it’s always been about the existence of a Jewish State […] in any boundary.”