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Despite continuing challenges, a mood of optimism has taken hold in Lebanon following the recent election of President Michel Aoun and additional political breakthroughs are expected.
The number of civilians killed in Iraq last month has nearly doubled since September according to recently released figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The French attempt had started in June with international conference convening the UN, EU, US and major Arab states. The aim was to gather proposals and then invite Israelis and Palestinians to a conference.
The "Islamic State" has abducted thousands of people in the Iraqi city of Mosul and is using them as human shields. The group has also killed 232 people this week as Iraqi troops close in on the city, the UN reports.
In turbulent Middle East, UN envoy warns against ‘sleep-walking into another violent conflict’ (19.10.2016)
As the absence of progress towards a two-state solution has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis, the top United Nations Middle East envoy warned today: “We must all avoid the risk of sleep-walking into another violent conflict at a...
[…] The announcement means that there will soon be 5,000 American troops in Iraq, seven years after the Obama administration withdrew all American troops from the country.
Report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (20.09.2016)
Two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict at risk of giving way to ‘one-state reality,’ - Ban (15.09.2016)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for intensified efforts to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to take the difficult steps required to change the current destructive trajectory of the conflict, which is heading towards a “one-state reality” rather than a peaceful...
Civilians continue to disproportionately bear the burden of acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, accounting for more than two-thirds of those killed or injured in the month of August, the United Nations mission announced today.
The United Nations Security Council today unanimously extended the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), until the end of August 2017.