Middle East


WFP begins ‘last resort’ partial withdrawal of aid to opposition-held Yemeni capital (21.06.2019)

The World Food Programme (WFP), the UN’s emergency food relief agency, confirmed on Friday in a statement that it has started a "partial suspension" of aid to areas of Yemen controlled by Houthi opposition forces, including the capital, Sana’a. Spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel briefed journalists in...

UN says no Huthi military in three key Yemen ports for past month (13.06.2019)

Head of UN monitoring mission in Hodeidah, says regular UN patrols have not detected Huthi military presence in ports of Saleef, Ras Isa, Hodeidah since May 14. … He called on all parties on Wednesday to finalize negotiations to allow for the full implementation of phases one and two of the...

UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’ (11.06.2019)

Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering “their full support” to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, after he had reportedly come in for criticism by the Government.

Lebanon agrees to talks with Israel over maritime dispute (31.05.2019)

US and UN interim force in Lebanon to mediate discussions between Middle East rivals.

Israel to hold fresh election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition (30.05.2019)

Israeli lawmakers have voted to dissolve parliament after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government. The vote triggered a fresh election, which will be held on 17 September.

UN appeals to Houthi rebels over aid (22.05.2019)

The UN says food aid is being diverted by some corrupt and uncooperative officials in Houthi-held areas of Yemen, where millions of people are believed to be on the verge of famine. David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), told the BBC the agency's efforts to reach people in need were...

Security Council extends UN mission for one year (21.05.2019)

Iraq’s democratic transition – weighed down by political infighting, weak institutions, corruption, and the constant threat of ISIL – needs more international support, “lots of time and lots of hard work,” the top United Nations official in the country said on Tuesday.

Yemen war ‘a test of our humanity’, and we’re ‘badly failing’ warns UN Children’s Fund chief (15.05.2019)

“Fifteen million children in Yemen are asking you to save their lives” the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) told the 15 members of the Security Council on Wednesday, in an impassioned plea for action to end four years of fighting which has left at least 7,300 children killed or seriously...

UN monitoring team in Yemen verifies pullout of armed forces from crucial port zones (14.05.2019)

The UN team set up to monitor the ceasefire agreement between warring parties in Yemen has formally verified the pullout of armed Ansar Allah, or Houthi forces, from port zones in the country that are crucial to the flow of humanitarian aid, describing cooperation they have received so far as “very...