News by region: Middle East


Yemen hit by world's worst cholera outbreak as cases reach 200,000 – UN

24 June – Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day, the United Nations warned today.


INTERVIEW: Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins – UN envoy

23 June – Afghans need to see their Government taking the reins for security in the country, delivering much needed services and creating jobs, says the United Nations envoy to the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto.  


Civilian casualties continue to rise in Yemen, warns UN human rights office

23 June – The United Nations Human Rights Office in Yemen continues to document reports of civilian casualties in the conflict and had verified 49 civilian deaths over the past month, a UN spokesperson said today.


Security 'number one concern' of displaced Iraqis seeking to return home – UN study

23 June – With three million Iraqis remaining internally displaced across the country, the United Nations migration agency today published findings of a study showing that the decision to return or remain displaced depends largely on how close their home is to the frontline of conflict.


UNESCO chief deplores destruction of iconic mosque and minaret in Iraq's Mosul

22 June – The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the destruction of historic religious architecture in Iraq's Mosul city by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters.


Iraq's children caught in cycle of violence and poverty as conflict escalates, UNICEF warns

22 June – The past three years of intensifying conflict in Iraq have left the country's children trapped in a grinding cycle of violence and poverty, an assessment out today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling on the warring parties to immediately end hostilities.


UN agency condemns killing of two journalists working on assignment in Iraq

22 June – The killing of two journalists in Iraq drew strong condemnation today from the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom and the safety of journalists.


Warring parties in Yemen 'must take all feasible precautions' to minimize harm to civilians – UN envoy

21 June – Civilians in Yemen continue to be killed and injured during Ramadan, despite calls for the conflict parties to respect their obligations under international law, the senior United Nations aid official in the country warned today.


Protection of civilians in Syria must be ensured, stresses UN chief Guterres

21 June – Expressing alarm over the suffering of people Syria, in particular those in Raqqa and in other locations where fighting continues, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on all those conducting military operations in the country to ensure the safety and protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.


Bees, hens and greenhouses help restore livelihoods in Iraq – UN agriculture agency

20 June – Thousands of vulnerable Iraqi and Syrian refugee families affected by conflict in northern Iraq aim to profit from new livelihood ventures of the United Nations agriculture agency.