Middle East News


Top UN humanitarian official in Syria allocates $19 million for emergency response in Aleppo
New York, Jan 19 : Amid an overall scale-up in relief operations in Syria, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, Ali Al-Za'tari, approved on Wednesday $19 million from the Syria Humanitarian Fund to sustain immediate life-saving and early recovery assistance for tens of thousands of people in war-ravaged Aleppo. Read Full Story

UAE envoy appreciates Pak Army's role in fight against terrorism
Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Jan. 19 : Ambassador of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Pakistan Essa Abdullah Albasha Alnoaimi met Chief of Army Staff, General QamarJaved Bajwa on Wednesday and appreciated the role of Pakistan Army in fight against terrorism and militancy. Read Full Story

Yemen: Ongoing humanitarian crisis adding to migrants woes, says UN migration agency
New York, Jan 18 : Highlighting the plight of migrants from the Horn of Africa arriving in Yemen - which itself has seen more than 2.1 million people internally displaced due to ongoing conflict and the resulting humanitarian crisis - the United Nations migration agency has called for additional support for the vulnerable. Read Full Story

Iran and India have largely converging interest in stability and prosperity: Vice President
New Delhi, Jan 18 : Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that in the world of tomorrow, they (Iran and India) would need to use the tools of modernity - economic, technological and political - creatively and they have a largely converging interest in an area of stability and prosperity. Read Full Story

Syria: Heavy fighting forces UN food relief agency to suspend airdrops in Deir ez-Zor
New York, Jan 18 : The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday that it has been forced to suspend airdrops to residents of the besieged Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor because of heavy fighting between Government forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh). Read Full Story

At Security Council, senior UN envoy cautions against 'unilateral' action in Middle Eas
New York, Jan 18 : Unilateral actions threaten to unravel the two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations focal point on the Middle East on Tuesday told the Security Council, stressing that both sides must do their part to create the necessary conditions to launch direct negotiations. Read Full Story

Parallel hardcore Islamic suburbs sprouting in heart of France- a sign of worry?
Paris [France], Jan. 17 : Women being banned from hanging out at bars and bistros, being told to wear fully covered clothes, being forbidden from mixing with men; such a scene is very easily acceptable in a place like Saudi Arabia where the Sharia law, which is quite clear on the role of the woman in Islam, governs the way of life. Read Full Story

UN envoy in Yemen meeting with President, senior officials to push for greater aid access
New York, Jan 17 : The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, is on Monday in Aden, highlighting the need for a truce to allow in humanitarian aid and move along the peace process. Read Full Story

India takes issue of non-payment of salary to Indian workers with Bahrain
New Delhi , Jan. 17 : The External Affairs Ministry (MEA) has said that the Indian Embassy in Bahrain has taken-up the issue of non-payment of salary to Indian workers at high level with the country and authorities there have expressed regret at the incident and have assured that safety and wellbeing of all workers, including Indian nationals, remains their first priority. Read Full Story

Main suspect of Istanbul nightclub attack arrested
Ankara [Turkey], Jan. 17 : The Turkish Police have arrested the main suspect of the deadly terrorist attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people on New Year's Eve. Read Full Story

'We must not let 2017 repeat tragedies of 2016 for Syria' - top UN aid officials
New York, Jan 16 : While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, senior United Nations humanitarian officials on Monday appealed for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from relief aid across the Middle Eastern country. Read Full Story

FICCI Delegation with Power Minister visits Masdar Smart City in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Jan.16 : FICCI is leading a high-level Business Delegation accompanying Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy & Mines to the World Future Energy Summit at Abu Dhabi during 15-18 January 2017. Read Full Story

Top Saudi cleric says cinemas, song concerts harmful and corrupting
Dubai [UAE], Jan. 15 : Saudi Arabia's highest-ranking cleric has called cinemas and singing concerts as harmful and corrupting. Read Full Story

UN agencies assess dire hygiene, protection needs for women in Syria's war-ravaged Aleppo
New York, Jan 14 : The health, hygiene and protection needs of women and girls displaced in Aleppo are staggering, the United Nations has observed, voicing concern for civilians in the Syrian city that has endured intense fighting for about four years. Read Full Story

Iraq: Thousands displaced from Mosul in 'desperate' need of life-saving aid, UN agency reports
New York, Jan 14 : Since the start of the Iraqi military operation to retake Mosul in October last year, more than 144,500 people have been displaced and a majority of them are in desperate need of live-saving humanitarian assistance, the United Nations migration agency has warned. Read Full Story

9 killed in militant attacks in Syria
Damascus, Jan 13 : At least seven people were killed in an explosion in Syrian city of Damascus on Thursday, media reports said on Friday. Read Full Story

UAE to rethink on ties with Pakistan post killing of five diplomats
Dubai [United Arab Emirates], Jan. 13 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reported to be seriously having a rethink on its relations with Pakistan post the killing of five of its diplomats and six senior Afghanistan Government officials in a brutal terror attack inside the Kandahar Governor's compound on January 10 this year. Read Full Story

UAE to rethink on ties with Pakistan post killing of five diplomats
Dubai [United Arab Emirates], Jan. 13 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reported to be seriously having a rethink on its relations with Pakistan post the killing of five of its diplomats and six senior Afghanistan Government officials in a brutal terror attack inside the Kandahar Governor's compound on January 10 this year. Read Full Story

Syria ceasefire holding amid rising concerns about aid delivery and Damascus water supply - UN envoy
New York, Jan 13 : While the ceasefire in Syria is largely holding, the United Nations envoy for the country cautioned on Thursday that the truce may be under threat as clashes in villages in the Wadi Barada valley has damaged water infrastructure and left more than five million people in and around Damascus facing water shortages. Read Full Story

As millions suffer water shortages in Syria, UN looks to keep potable supply safe
New York, Jan 12 : The United Nations expressed concern on Wednesday about fighting in the Wadi Barada area of west Damascus, which in addition to displacing thousands of people, has also restricted water supplies to some 5.5 million people in and around the Syrian capital. Read Full Story

UN agency renews call for protecting children after deadly attacks in Yemeni capital
New York, Jan 11 : At least one girl has been killed and four others injured in attacks near a school outside the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, leading the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to renew its call on the people involved in the country's conflict to protect children and stop attacks on civilian structures. Read Full Story

Afghanistan: Twin blasts in Kandahar injure Governor, UAE Ambassador
Kabul. Jan 11 : The Governor of Kandahar province and the UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan was injured in a twin blast which rocked the province, local Khaama Press reported. Read Full Story

Iran finally receives Haj invite from Saudi Arabia
London [UK], Jan. 11 : Iran has said that it has finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year's Haj. Read Full Story

Palestinian officials threaten to revoke recognition of Israel if U.S. embassy shifted to Jerusalem
London [UK], Jan.11 : Senior Palestinian officials have warned that the Palestine Liberation Organisation's recognition of Israel - one of the key pillars of the moribund Oslo peace agreements - will be in danger of being revoked if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump moves the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Read Full Story

Hundreds from western Mosul getting medical attention amid fight to retake Iraqi city
New York, Jan 11 : Nearly 700 people have been moved to hospitals from the frontlines in Mosul, Iraq, as the United Nations and partners are working to scale up humanitarian efforts for thousands of people fleeing the fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) and Iraqi forces. Read Full Story

INTERVIEW: Robert Serry on the 'Endless Quest' for Middle East peace, reflections from no man's land
New York, Jan 11 : The United Nation's former point person for Middle East negotiations has said that Israelis and Palestinians need at least the prospects of a two-state solution, and urged the international community to create conditions for more effective discussions in the future. Read Full Story

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt that kills 9 policemen
New York, Jan 10 : The Security Council has denounced the terrorist attack in Egypt yesterday that reportedly killed nine policemen and injured more than 13 people. Read Full Story

Yemen: EU-UN partnership to target 'alarming' food insecurity
New York, Jan 10 : With 14 million people in Yemen lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, the European Union (EU) has committed 12 million euros to assist the efforts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to tackle rising hunger in the strife-torn Gulf of Aden country. Read Full Story

UN agency seeks USD 813 million to support Palestine refugees fleeing Syria and those living in occupied territory
New York, Jan 9 : With Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory - including East Jerusalem - and those who have fled the conflict in Syria, facing humanitarian crises, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) today launched an USD 813 million emergency aid appeal. Read Full Story

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Jerusalem that kills four Israelis
New York, Jan 9 : The Security Council has strongly denounced the terrorist attack in Jerusalem yesterday, in which four Israelis were killed and 15 injured. Read Full Story

Nine policemen killed in Egypt suicide bomber attack
El Arish (Egypt), Jan 9 : A suicide bomber driving a garbage truck packed with explosives rammed his vehicle into an Egyptian security checkpoint in Sinai, on Monday, killing nine people, according to media reports. Read Full Story

EU condemns Jerusalem truck attack
Jerusalem, Jan 9 : The European Union has condemned the truck attack in Jerusalem city which left at least four people dead on Sunday. Read Full Story

U.S. condemns Jerusalem truck attack
Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 9 : The United States has condemned the vehicular attack in Jerusalem in which at least four Israeli soldiers lost their lives and expressed thoughts and prayers with the families of the victims. Read Full Story

ISIS claims 2 suicide bombings in Baghdad; 16 people killed
New York [U.S.], Jan. 9 : ISIS has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide bombings at the Baghdad markets on Sunday in which 16 people were killed. Read Full Story

Jerusalem truck attacker was ISIS supporter: Israel PM
Jerusalem [Israel], Jan. 8 : Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that all signs point out to the attacker who rammed the truck into a group of soldiers and killed four of them being an ISIS supporter. Read Full Story

Jerusalem: Lorry driver plows truck into troops, four killed
Jerusalem, Jan 8 : At least four people were killed when a lorry rammed into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem on Sunday, media reports said. Read Full Story

Novak Djokovic beats Murray to clinch Qatar Open title
Doha, Jan 8 : Serbian Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Saturday defeated Scot star Andy Murray in the final to win the Qatar Open title. Read Full Story

Four Israeli soldiers killed as truck rams into troops in Jerusalem
Jerusalem [Israel], Jan. 8 : At least four soldiers were killed as a truck rammed into a group of soldiers on a promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of East Jerusalem. Read Full Story

11 killed, 25 injured in Baghdad suicide car bomb attack
Baghdad [Iraq], Jan. 8 : At least 11 people have been killed and 25 others wounded in a suicide car bomb explosion at a busy market in eastern Baghdad, local police officials said. Read Full Story

Syria: Car bomb blast kills 43
Azaz, Jan 7 : Car bomb blast in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz has left at least 43 people dead on Saturday, media reports said. Read Full Story

Syria: Around 50 killed as deadly car bomb rocks rebel-held Azaz
New York [U.S.], Jan. 7 : Around 50 people have been killed and 80 more injured in a deadly car bombing in the rebel-held city of Azaz in northern Syria on Saturday. Read Full Story

Lack of water access in Damascus is creating risks for children, UN warns
New York, Jan 7 : Following two weeks with no access to running water for millions of people in and around Damascus due to ongoing fighting near the Syrian capital, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Friday raised the alarm over a potential increase in diarrheal diseases among children. Read Full Story

Syrian refugees in Lebanon face economic hardship and food shortages - joint UN agency study
New York, Jan 7 : A joint United Nations agency study has revealed that Syrian refugees in Lebanon remain highly vulnerable and that despite living there for years, their economic situation continues to be difficult, leaving more than a third food insecure. Read Full Story

After five years of 'ruthless war' in Syria, 2017 can be a year of diplomacy, says UN envoy
New York, Jan 6 : Looking back over the past month, which saw some of the most difficult challenges for humanitarian workers in Syria but which also witnessed evacuations of thousands of civilians from war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, United Nations envoys for Syria said on Thursday that things have to change in 2017 and that "it can change in 2017." Read Full Story

Turkey: Three injured after explosion near courthouse in Izmir
London [UK], Jan. 5 : A suspected car bombing has struck a court in the Turkish city of Izmir, followed by a barrage of gunfire. Read Full Story

Canada: Ontario man killed in Syria 'fighting' against Islamic State militants
Toronto, Jan 5 : An Ontario family at Niagara Falls, learnt about the death of their 24-year-old son Nazzareno Tassone through a letter from Kurdish People's Defence Units informing them that he had been killed in Syria while fighting against Islamic State militants, media reports said. Read Full Story

Netanyahu backs calls for pardoning Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter
London [UK], Jan. 5 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has joined calls for pardoning the Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter. Read Full Story

Iraq: 13,000 people flee Mosul over five days as anti-terrorist operations intensify
New York, Jan 4 : More than 13,000 people have fled Mosul in just five days since 29 December, as the second phase of military operations to retake the Iraqi city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) terrorists has apparently begun, a United Nations spokesperson said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

With needs for displaced in eastern Aleppo growing, UN renews calls for donor support
New York, Jan 4 : The United Nations on Tuesday reiterated its call for "immediate and long-term support" for more than 100,000 people in the Syrian city of Aleppo, warning donors that it will not be able to provide life-saving assistance without it. Read Full Story

Turkey Attack: Manhunt for gunman continues, 12 arrested
Istanbul, Jan 3 : The Turkish Police have arrested 12 people so far as manhunt to nab the attacker who killed 39 people during a new year eve party at a nightclub here continued, media reports said on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Iraq: UN envoy strongly condemns Baghdad terrorist attacks that kill many civilians
New York, Jan 3 : The United Nations envoy for Iraq has strongly condemned on Mondays triple bombings in Baghdad in which large numbers of civilians were killed and injured. Read Full Story

Turkey attack: Manhunt underway for shooter
Istanbul, Jan 2 : A manhunt is currently on to nab the unknown person, who attacked a nightclub in Turkish capital Istanbul on Saturday, media reports said. Read Full Story

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul on New Year's Day
New York, Jan 2 : The United Nations Security Council on Sunday denounced a terrorist attack at a night club in Istanbul, Turkey, on 1 January, during which at least 39 people were killed and at least 69 were injured. Read Full Story

Syria: Security Council unites in support of Russia-Turkey efforts to end violence, jumpstart political process
New York, Jan 1 : The United Nations Security Council on Sunday unanimously adopted a resolution welcoming and supporting the efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jumpstart a political process for the war-torn Middle Eastern country. Read Full Story

Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Istanbul on New Year's Day
New York, Jan 2 : The United Nations Security Council on Sunday denounced a terrorist attack at a night club in Istanbul, Turkey, on 1 January, during which at least 39 people were killed and at least 69 were injured. Read Full Story

Turkey attack: Manhunt underway for shooter
Istanbul, Jan 2 : A manhunt is currently on to nab the unknown person, who attacked a nightclub in Turkish capital Istanbul on Saturday, media reports said. Read Full Story

Syria: Security Council unites in support of Russia-Turkey efforts to end violence, jumpstart political process
New York, Jan 1 : The United Nations Security Council on Sunday unanimously adopted a resolution welcoming and supporting the efforts by Russia and Turkey to end violence in Syria and jumpstart a political process for the war-torn Middle Eastern country. Read Full Story

Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami to take out solidarity march in support of Muslims in Syria, Myanmar
Karachi [Pakistan], Jan. 1 (ANI): Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Karachi chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman has urged people of the city to join in a march to express solidarity with their Muslims brothers in Syria and Myanmar. Read Full Story

UN adopts resolution to support Syria ceasefire
London [UK], Jan 1 (ANI): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously passed a resolution in support of the ceasefire in Syria and holding talks in Kazakhstan between Damascus and the opposition. Read Full Story

Iraq: 28 killed in suicide attack in Baghdad
Irbil [Iraq], Dec. 31 : At least 28 people were killed and many others injured in a suicide attack on a busy commercial street in Baghdad, local authorities said. Read Full Story

Next >>>