Amnesty International has said it had identified a pattern of attacks by Iraqi forces and the US-led military coalition backing them that violated international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes.
It also said that fighters from ISIS group flagrantly violated that same law by deliberately putting civilians in harm's way to shield its fighters.. More
By Nigel Wilson
Abed Abu Eisha was watching the news on Friday evening when he learned that the United Nations' cultural arm had recognized his home city, the Old City of Hebron, as a Palestinian World Heritage Site.
The next afternoon, perched on a chair outside a clothing store on the edge of the Old City, the 22-year-old broke into a broad grin.. More
An 18-month-old Palestinian baby has died after suffering from tear gas inhalation during clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians nearly three months ago, according to Palestinian health officials.
Abdul Rahman Barghouti died late on Friday from asphyxiation, following more than two months of treatment, Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman.. More
Nearly a half-million Rohingya from Myanmar have been displaced due to decades of oppression in southwestern Myanmar, according to a new UN report.
The report, published by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) to mark June 20 World Refugee Day, says by the end of 2016 the number of Rohingya refugees rose to 490,300, up from 451,800 the previous.. More
A record 141 million people across 37 countries will need humanitarian assistance this year, the UN said on Wednesday.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said an international aid appeal for 2017 had risen to $23.5 billion, but said plans to help over 100 million people were only one-quarter funded.
In December 2016,.. More
By Nigel Wilson
When two buses stopped close to Bab al-Asbat in Jerusalem on the second Friday of Ramadan, the elderly passengers were quick to disembark and head straight for the Old City.
It was around 10am, more than two hours before the Friday prayer would begin, but this was an extremely rare opportunity for Palestinians from Gaza to pray at.. More
The UN’s human rights chief on Tuesday called for an end to the Israeli occupation and warned that maintaining it would cause “prolongation of immense pain” for both Palestine and Israel.
Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council’s 35th session in Geneva, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.. More
Fatima Salah, 58, does not sleep in the daytime as many do during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Instead, she wanders the city of Sanaa visiting neighbors and local shops, hoping to obtain enough food to feed her family at night.
"I am exhausted and thirsty because of walking, and I have been fasting without a good breakfast," Fatima told.. More
by Laurence Lee
My team and I first came to cover the G7 talks, in which US President Donald Trump successfully fended off an Italian proposal for all the countries at the table to treat the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea as a humanitarian emergency.
But we then stayed on to have a look at the crisis now.
As it turns out, things are going.. More
A recent plea deal for an Israeli police officer who killed a Palestinian teenager has highlighted a broader policy of leniency in Israel for offences committed against Palestinians, analysts say.
"The police, the army, the investigative units, the public attorney and the judiciary are all in concert protecting each other ... They see Arabs, whether.. More
Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people.
It's a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we've heard throughout our lives. We reconfirm our image of Africa.
Try something.. More
He has 16 million followers on Facebook, 150,000 on Twitter and has given more than 4,000 lectures on Islam across the world. But Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, the popular Islamic preacher, is now wanted by the Indian authorities.
Problems arose for the preacher last summer, after Bangladeshi authorities said that one of the gunmen responsible for an attack.. More
When Israeli police showed up at the maps and survey department of the Arab Studies Society's office in Jerusalem last month, director Khalil Tufakji was surprised to receive a six-month shutdown order.
Police proceeded to confiscate computers and the main server, along with posters and maps that had hung on the walls. Tufakji, along with the equipment,.. More
The number of unaccompanied child refugees globally has increased five-fold since 2010, according to new figures by UNICEF.
In a report released late on Wednesday, the United Nations Children's Fund counted 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children worldwide in 2015 and 2016 - up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011.
Of the 300,000, some 100,000 were.. More
On a sweltering spring afternoon, relatives and supporters of the Palestinian hunger-striking prisoners gathered at a marquee in downtown Ramallah.
The tent, one of dozens erected in solidarity with the prisoners across towns and villages in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, stretched across one end of Clock Square, its blue tarpaulin walls.. More
And why is the UN not naming the perpetrators? by Rashed al-Ahmad My name is Rashed al-Ahmad. I'm a pharmacist originally from Kurnaz, a small village in the countryside of Syria's Hama province. I...More