UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council expressed grave concern on Monday over reports that radical militants have seized oilfields and pipelines in Syria and Iraq and warned that anyone caught trading in oil from the “terrorist groups” could face sanctions.
The 15-member council said in a statement that any trade in oil with Islamic State – previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – or al Qaeda’s Nusra Front, would violate United Nations sanctions as both groups have been blacklisted.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians have expressed “serious interest” in a 24-hour truce in the Gaza conflict, but a deal has yet to be reached, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday, as he raised concerns about the proportionality of Israel’s military operation.
Israel eased its Gaza offensive and Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave declined on Monday, as international pressure mounted to end the 21-day conflict in which more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians and predominantly in Gaza, have been killed.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militants to implement a humanitarian truce beyond the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire.
The statement expresses strong support for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire, allowing for the delivery of urgently needed assistance” in Gaza, where Israeli troops and Hamas have been fighting for nearly three weeks.
#UNSC has agreed #Gaza statement, 12am meeting Sunday to adopt. Urges parties to engage in bid for a “durable and fully respected ceasefire”
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – More and more Syrian rebels are defecting to join the ultra-hardline Islamic State insurgency, said U.N. human rights investigators on Friday, in what they described as a “Syrian-ization” of the al Qaeda offshoot.
Members of the independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria, set up by the U.N. Human Rights Council in September 2011, informally briefed the United Nations Security Council on Friday ahead of submitting their latest report next week.