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UAE purchases world’s largest rocket launcher from Turkey

UAE purchases world’s largest rocket launcher from Turkey

Turkey’s weapons manufacturer and defence contractor, Roketsan, has developed the world’s most potent artillery, dubbed “Jobaria” at the request of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), local Turkish media reported yesterday. Jobaria is a multiple cradle launcher that was first introduced at the International Defence Exhibition, which was held in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi […]

Aid funding for Occupied Palestinian Territories at ‘all-time low’

Aid funding for Occupied Palestinian Territories at ‘all-time low’

Funding for humanitarian operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) is at an “all-time low”, threatening the delivery of life-saving aid to people in the West Bank and Gaza, the United Nations warned on Friday. So far, only 25 per cent of the nearly $540 million needed this year has been received, the organization’s humanitarian […]

‘Passport to dignity’ that schools represent may expire fast, without emergency funding warns UN Palestine refugee agency

‘Passport to dignity’ that schools represent may expire fast, without emergency funding warns UN Palestine refugee agency

A lack of funds means that the new school term for over half a million Palestinian students could be cut short after just one month, says UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refuge The agency’s 711 schools, providing free basic education for Palestinian refugee children in the West Bank – including […]

UN chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing

UN chief welcomes re-opening of key Gaza border crossing

The decision by Israel to reopen the only functional commercial crossing point into Gaza which has been closed to most deliveries for weeks, has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General. UN humanitarians expect some 400 truckloads of goods will now be able to enter Gaza after the Kerem Shalom crossing became operational on Wednesday […]

UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

Attacks against children caught in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen must stop, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, appealed on Monday. In a tightly worded statement, UNICEF pointed out that since Sunday, 28 children were reported killed in Idlib and western Aleppo, located in northern Syria. The death toll included an entire family of seven. […]

UN should never be a target, Baghdad bombing survivors stress, 15 years after deadly attack

UN should never be a target, Baghdad bombing survivors stress, 15 years after deadly attack

On 19 August 2003, a suicide bomber drove a truck full of explosives to the United Nations headquarters in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraq, and blew it up, killing 22 people – among them Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the head of the UN mission in Iraq. The […]

Yemen bus attack just the latest outrage against civilians: UN agencies

Yemen bus attack just the latest outrage against civilians: UN agencies

An air strike on a busy market area in Yemen that reportedly killed scores of people including more than 20 children on a bus, is likely the worst attack on youngsters in the conflict so far, and the latest in a recent spate of violence targeting civilians, UN agencies said on Friday. According to the […]

UN chief condemns air strike that hit school bus in northern Yemen, killing scores of children

UN chief condemns air strike that hit school bus in northern Yemen, killing scores of children

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday condemned an air strike by pro-Yemini Government coalition forces, which killed scores of children who were on board a bus travelling through a busy market area in the northern province of Saada. While the exact death toll remains to be confirmed, initial news reports indicate that the number of […]

Millions at risk if Syria’s war moves to last redoubt of Idlib, warns senior aid official

Millions at risk if Syria’s war moves to last redoubt of Idlib, warns senior aid official

Aid access to embattled Syrians may soon improve following recent military gains by the Government, but the war “cannot be allowed to go to Idlib”, the head of the UN’s Humanitarian Task Force said on Thursday. Speaking in Geneva, Jan Egeland confirmed that fighting in the south-west had largely ended and that Syria’s last remaining […]

Amid ‘volatile’ environment, UN mission chief urges Iraqi leaders to ‘listen to the voice of the people’

Amid ‘volatile’ environment, UN mission chief urges Iraqi leaders to ‘listen to the voice of the people’

Despite a myriad of “long-neglected social, economic and development needs”, the Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Wednesday said progress had been made towards recovery and stability in the battle-scarred country, and called for Iraqi political leaders to continue to “work for national reconciliation” through “inclusive” solutions. Briefing the Security Council, […]

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