The United Nations envoy for Yemen has called for a transparent investigation into air strikes that killed at least 11 civilians in al-Jawf province, saying resurgent violence is complicating UN-led efforts to end the five-year war. Security is deteriorating anew as Yemen faces the coronavirus pandemic and what the UN[…]
The United Nations’ special Middle East envoy called on Israel to drop plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, joining a growing international chorus of opposition. Envoy Nickolay Mladenov also called on the Palestinians to resume talks with the so-called Quartet, comprised of the United States, Russia, the[…]
China has appointed its first special envoy to Syria, its foreign ministry said Tuesday, as the Asian nation seeks to increase its diplomatic footprint in the Middle East. China depends on the volatile region for its oil supplies but has long taken a back seat in its disputes, only recently[…]
The United Nations envoy for Syria has said government forces have dropped a large number of barrel bombs on Zabadani city, “causing unprecedented levels of destruction”. Staffan de Mistura cited local sources on Thursday, saying the air strikes caused many civilian deaths in the city, located about 45km northwest of[…]
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the UN special envoy to Yemen, has arrived in the country’s capital in a bid to arrange a pause in fighting until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on July 17, to allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid. The visit by Ould Cheikh[…]
The UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed warned yesterday that the war-torn country is “one step away from famine” as 31 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance compared to just two million two years ago. The UN official told reporters in New York after briefing the[…]
Israel has blocked a visit to the Palestinian territories by a UN rights envoy, an official said Monday, just ahead of the publication of a United Nations report on last year’s Gaza war. It was the second time Makarim Wibisono, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied[…]
Jamal Benomar, the UN special adviser on Yemen, has resigned, diplomatic sources have told Al Jazeera. James Bays, Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor, said the Moroccan diplomat told Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief, that it was time for him to end his role. “Jamal Benomar has told the secretary-general it is[…]
The UN special envoy to Syria is travelling to Damascus to try to reduce the fighting which has intensified in Aleppo, where rebels claim to have killed 300 government soldiers in the past week. Staffan de Mistura, on his fourth trip to the country since July, is expected to arrive[…]
South Africa’s two special envoys sent to the Middle East earlier this year to help seek an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict, will remain in their posts up to mid-2015, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Zuma said he appointed former minister[…]
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