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‘No childhood anymore’: Raqqa’s kids haunted by IS rule, coalition bombings

As the offensive on Raqqa intensifies, stories of the horrors that civilians, especially children, have endured under Islamic State rule are emerging. The Islamic State group seized Raqqa in January 2014, and the city is now besieged by US and Syrian Democratic Forces coalition troops. Recent air strikes reported to have killed dozens of civilians increases the … Continue reading

Gaza living conditions constitute humanitarian emergency, NGO says

Living conditions in Gaza have declined to their lowest ebb outside of war time, Medical Aid for Palestinians said on Thursday, describing the situation in the coastal strip a “humanitarian emergency.” The Israeli blockade since 2007 has restricted the electricity flow, which damages vital infrastructure, the statement says. Water treatment and desalination plants cannot function … Continue reading

Humanitarian crisis looms in shadow of Tal Afar battle

Iraqi forces have made gains in their efforts to retake Tal Afar, yet civilians within the city are suffering as a humanitarian crisis emerges from the conflict.  The Islamic State group captured Tal Afar in 2014, but the US-supported campaign to rout them has pushed them into the confines of the city centre.  Concerns about endangering … Continue reading

Red Cross slams conditions of displaced Syrians

As the fighting in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour intensifies, with both the US-backed SDF and the Syrian Army closing in on Islamic State group positions, thousands of Syrians are being displaced. Many are fleeing the conflict zones and forming temporary camps in nearby areas. Yet while attempting to escape danger, these refugees still find themselves … Continue reading

Spain rescues 600 migrants at sea in day as flow from Morocco swells

Spain rescued over 600 migrants in 24 hours on Thursday as they attempted to cross from Morocco to Spain amid a surge in arrivals on what has become the fastest growing sea route to Europe, according to reports. The migrants were found in 15 vessels on Wednesday including a jet ski after sailing across the … Continue reading

Bahrain state TV accuses Qatar of trying to oust government

Bahrain’s state television on Wednesday accused Qatar of attempting to overthrow the government in Manama, upping the stakes in a diplomatic crisis that has seen Doha isolated in the Gulf. Along with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in June on accusations that the emirate supports Islamist extremism and is too close … Continue reading

Tunisian president vows to usher in new era of gender equality

Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi has vowed to increase gender equality in the country, on Sunday proposing to scrap imbalanced inheritance laws and to allow Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men. At a speech for national women’s day on Sunday, the president pledged to take legislative steps to remove the laws, which comes on the … Continue reading

Yemenis forced to choose between treating cholera and eating, says Oxfam

Yemenis are being forced to choose between treating cholera and putting food on the table, a new report from Oxfam says, feeding an almost inescapable cycle of poor health and poverty. There have been half a million suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year, the World Health Organisation reported earlier this week, with the country currently … Continue reading

Egyptian journalist’s health deteriorating in prison, says HRW

  Concerns have been raised about the health of imprisoned Egyptian journalist Hisham Gaafar, held without since charge since late 2015. Gaafar, who is 53, is receiving inadequate healthcare from the Egyptian authorities, Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Monday. Gaafar is the director of the Mada Foundation for Media Development, a private … Continue reading

Tunisia’s Unfinished Revolution

  Tunisia has a significant claim to fame. Not only did it ignite the revolutionary flames of the Arab Spring, it was the only nation to make a triumphant transition from dictatorship to a flourishing democracy in this series of uprisings. Prior to travelling to the country, I myself held these same misconceptions – about … Continue reading