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19 Apr 2015 description

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 12:49 GMT

The Islamic State jihadist group on Sunday released a video purportedly showing the executions of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya.

The 29-minute video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in a text on the screen as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".

A masked fighter in black brandishing a pistol makes a statement threatening Christians if they do not convert to Islam.

19 Apr 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 03:32 GMT

by Maya Gebeily

Young Syrian men in regime-controlled areas are using any means necessary, including violent protests, to avoid military conscription -- even if they support the government.

More than 80,000 soldiers and other pro-regime fighters have been killed in the four-year-old conflict, out of a total of roughly 220,000 dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

19 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. UNRWA significantly expanded its response operations today, reaching the area of Babila, a neighbouring area of Yarmouk, for the first time. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

HIGHLIGHTS

18 Apr 2015 description

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2015

New York, NY - Yesterday morning, the Syrian American Medical Society's medical coordinator in Idlib, Dr. Mohamed Tennari, and president, Dr. Zaher Sahloul, gave their first-hand and expert accounts of the recent Idlib chemical agent attacks in front of the UN Security Council at an Arria-formula meeting. They spoke alongside Qusai Zakarya, a human rights activist and survivor of the 2013 chemical weapons attack on Moadamiya. The Arria-formula meeting was hosted by U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power.

18 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • The humanitarian community remains extremely concerned about the protection of civilians given reports of intense fighting, shelling and aerial bombardment of Idleb city and surrounding areas. There are unconfirmed reports of 1,500 people injured in the past week.

17 Apr 2015 description

Washington, DC – Today, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) launches a new report entitled Slow Death: Life and Death in Syrian Communities under Siege. The report presents new estimates that suggest that the scale of the crisis of civilians under siege in Syria is more than three times higher than the current UN OCHA estimates, with over 640,200 Syrians currently living in at least 49 besieged communities across the country.

17 Apr 2015 description

Once a sleepy border town, Reyhanli, Turkey, is now bursting with Syrian refugees, many of them school-age. More than half a million Syrian refugee children are out of school, and the education crisis is fueling an epidemic of early marriage, child labor and bleak futures.

"I just finished the 12th grade and I don't know what to do," says Abdullah Mustapha, a refugee from the Syrian town of Hama.

17 Apr 2015 description

María Villellas, Researcher of the School for a Culture of Peace, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

17 Apr 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 15:44 GMT

The Islamic State group is now issuing photo identity cards in Syria's Raqa province, but only to males, along with a range of administrative documents, a monitor and activists said Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS had begun issuing "identity cards to those without proof of identity and boys over the age of 13 in Raqa province."

17 Apr 2015 description

March 2015 saw first documented attack on a hospital by coalition forces

Deliberate attacks on hospitals and health care professionals in Syria persist despite three United Nations resolutions aimed at protecting civilians and new hopes of relief following recent international pledges of aid to Syrians in need, according to an online map of attacks on health Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) updated today.

17 Apr 2015 description
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Erbil, 16 April 2015 - The UN Refugee Agency’s top protection official visited Iraq this week, concerned by the prevailing humanitarian situation which has seen massive displacement of people within the country and a continuing exodus of Syrian refugees who are fleeing across the border into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

17 Apr 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet
  • Syrians say new requirements unobtainable

  • Unregistered Syrians live in fear, avoid police

  • Lebanese resentment grows against refugees

  • Government says it cannot cope, needs funds

By Oliver Holmes

BEIRUT, April 17 (Reuters) - New rules in Lebanon, which has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, have left many thousands of them at risk of abuse from landlords and detention at any time, aid workers and a rights group say.

17 Apr 2015 description

How European indifference pushed MSF to take 'controversial' action.

By Aurélie Ponthieu, MSF Humanitarian Adviser on Displacement, Brussels.

17 Apr 2015 description

Syria - Five years into the Syria crisis, millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to face many challenges. Among the most dangerous in the many of overcrowded places sheltering IDPs, is access to safe water. For people living in al Kisweh, one of the largest cities in Rural Damascus, 16 km outside the city of Damascus, water scarcity profoundly affects families’ and communities’ daily life.

17 Apr 2015 description

Italy - As landings of rescued migrants surge in Southern Italy, IOM teams continue to gather evidence of at least 400 presumed fatalities earlier this week.

“While the number of arrivals this year is similar to that registered during the same period in 2014, so many arrivals is so few days is unprecedented,” said Federico Soda, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean.

17 Apr 2015 description
report World Bank

The Kurdistan region of Iraq is facing an economic and humanitarian crisis as a result of the influx of Syrian refugees which began in 2012 and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 2014. The region's population increased by 28 percent over a short period, placing strains on the local economy, host community, and access to public services. This book provides national and regional policy makers with a technical assessment of the impact and stabilization costs needed for 2015 associated with the influx of refugees and IDPs.