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  • Bombard and besiege: How Syrian army took over Aleppo

    When the Russian intervention into the Syrian conflict accelerated in mid-2016, many analysts and partisans declared the "Battle of Aleppo" to hold the key to the future of the Syrian conflict. Decisive victory one way or another, or the re-establishment of a military stalemate, would dramatically affect the course of the conflict and the.. More

  • Spurned, hopeless and attacked, refugees' drama goes on

    By the thousands they came, fleeing bombs, brutality and hardship. At day, they tore through muddy fields; at night, they huddled around small fires. Young and old, they passed through barbed wire, crammed inside trucks and braved rough seas in flimsy boats. Along the way, they saw loved ones - wives and husbands, daughters and sons - perish. With.. More

  • 20 million children need immediate aid, UNICEF says

    More than 20 million children in the Middle East need immediate help, the UN children’s agency said. Sunday is Universal Children’s Day and UNICEF has called for the rights of every child to be protected. “More than 20 million children, who have been affected by wars and clashes in the Middle East, particularly Syria, Iraq and Yemen,.. More

  • How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed. By Ramzy Baroud Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author. When I was a child growing up in a Gaza refugee camp, I looked forward to November 2. On that day, every year, thousands.. More

  • Palestinians in Gaza protest against aid cuts

    Umm Baha has become a regular participant in protests against reduced UNRWA services in the besieged Gaza Strip. The 43-year-old Palestinian widow says she has no choice but to demonstrate against recent cuts to services offered by the United Nations refugee agency. "The diminished assistance that I receive is disproportionate, considering my.. More

  • Australia deliberately ignores refugee abuse

    Australia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the journey to Australia, two rights groups have said. Under Canberra's immigration policy, people intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat are sent to a prison on Manus Island,.. More

  • Monitor: 60,000 dead in Syria regime jails

    More than 60,000 people have been killed through torture or died in dire humanitarian conditions inside Syrian regime prisons throughout the country's five-year uprising, according to a monitor. The numbers were obtained from Syrian regime sources, the United Kingdom-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday. "Since March 2011,.. More

  • Rise in Palestinian children held by Israel 'alarming'

    A jabbing pain in his shoulder and thigh roused Obada from his sleep at 3am. In the half-light, the 15-year-old could make out eight masked men surrounding his bed, their rifles pointed at him. "I felt terrified," he said of the experience of being arrested in February from his home in the village of al-Araqa, near Jenin in the northern West.. More

  • War, disasters disrupt education of 80 million, more aid needed: experts

    At least 80 million children living in areas affected by war or natural disaster had their education disrupted last year, leaving them prey to child labor, trafficking and extremism, experts said on Thursday. Many humanitarian aid appeals for 2015 ignored education, and aid appeals for education were only one-third funded. Overall, education received.. More

  • Million displaced Pakistanis face tough choices before going home

    Of some 5.3 million people displaced by fighting in northwestern Pakistan in recent years, a million or so remain to be resettled under a program the authorities see as key to keeping a lid on extremist violence. People are generally anxious to get back, having lived in refugee camps or cramped conditions in towns and cities since being forced to leave.. More

  • 186 Palestinians killed by Israel over last 5 months

    According to the latest Palestinian figures, since Oct. 1 of last year, at least 186 Palestinians have been killed and another 15,645 injured by Israeli troops in the Gaza Strip and in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Over the same period, according to Israeli figures, 33 Israelis have been killed in a months-long wave of violence.. More

  • Israeli NGOs report on routine abuse of Palestinian detainees

    Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency abuses Palestinians under interrogation in a manner so systematic it points to official endorsement, two Israeli NGOs said in a report published Wednesday. The 70-page joint study by rights groups B'Tselem and Hamoked is based on accounts by 116 suspects interrogated at Shikma prison in the southern Israeli.. More

  • More than 10,000 refugee children missing in Europe

    More than 10,000 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children have disappeared in Europe, the EU police agency Europol said on Sunday, fearing many have been whisked into sex trafficking rings or the slave trade. Europol's press office confirmed to Al Jazeera the figures published in British newspaper The Observer. The number relates to the last 18-24.. More

  • Israel spraying toxins over Palestinian crops in Gaza

    On January 7, a low-flying agricultural aircraft sprayed herbicides onto Palestinian farmlands along the eastern border, eradicating or damaging up to 162 hectares of crops and farmland along the Israeli border fence. "Herbicides are sprayed in high concentrations. Thus, they remain embedded in the soil, and then find their way to the water basin... More

  • Year 2015 termed 'deadliest for refugees' crossing sea

    The year 2015 was the deadliest on record for refugees trying to reach Europe by sea, with 3,771 deaths recorded in the Mediterranean alone, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday. The Mediterranean was followed by Southeast Asia, mostly in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea, Malaysia and Thailand, which saw at least 800 deaths this.. More