UN Yemen envoy calls for probe into civilian deaths

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[…]

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China appoints special envoy to Syria

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[…]

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UN envoy voices concern over Syria barrel bombing

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[…]

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UN envoy warns Yemen close to famine

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[…]

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Israel blocks visit of UN human rights envoy

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[…]

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UN Yemen envoy resigns amid crisis

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[…]

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