1. SYRIA – CONFLICT / CIVILIAN PROTECTION
• Mortar attacks in Shaghour, central Damascus, on 29 April; a school complex was hit.
• Explosions in the city of Homs on 29 April; air bombardments and heavy fighting in Aleppo.
• International human rights organizations called for a halt in the use of weapons indiscriminately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, such as barrel bombs.
2. U.S.A. – SEVERE WEATHER
Drought in the Horn of Africa has left 12.4 million people in need of help. While international attention to the emergency has peaked in recent weeks, CERF funds have been addressing the crisis since rainfalls failed at the end of 2010. More than $94 million dollars has been allocated to drought-affected countries this year.
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