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
• Severe weather, including tornadoes, strong winds and large hail, continued affecting south and eastern USA on 29 April.
• Floods in north-western Florida, due to the weather conditions.
• 'Slight Risk' of severe thunderstorms over parts of south-eastern and eastern USA for 30 April.
3. JORDAN – NEW REFUGEE CAMP
• Azraq camp, with capacity to accommodate 30 000, is officially opened on 30 April; it can be expanded to host up to 130 000.
• Azraq will take pressure off the densely populated Za’atari camp. The first transfers started on 28 April.
• Most refugees now arriving in Jordan will be hosted in Azraq.
4. NORWAY – FOREST FIRES
• During the last seven days, a number of fires have burnt a total of 986ha in the county of Rogaland, Norway.
• Media report all fires to be under control.