Warzone News: Week of March 2, 2016
In Afghanistan, two separate suicide bombings killed 26 people and injured 50 just days before peace talks with the Taliban are set to take place. An attack on the Indian consulate in eastern Afghanistan killed three people.
In Burundi, the government and it’s opponents have agreed to attend talks to help end the crisis. The African Union plans to send human rights and military monitors to stem violence in the country. A report by Human Rights Watch finds that the violence has become more brutal, including abductions, killings, and torture.
In Central African Republic, many continue to live in an informal camp for displaced people near the capital city’s airport despite lessening violence. The constitutional court affirmed that Faustin-Archange Touadera won the presidential election and will be sworn in later this month.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a rebel group with origins in Uganda has attacked villages in the eastern part of the country, killing 12.
In Iraq, two ISIS bombings on a market in Baghdad have killed at least 73 people as a “deadly wave of violence” continues in the country. A dam in Mosul, a city in northern Iraq, is at risk of collapsing. U.S. forces have reportedly captured an important ISIS operative.
In Israel and Palestine, more clashes broke out in the West Bank when two Israeli soldiers mistakenly wandered into a refugee camp.
In Libya, airstrikes targeting ISIS strongholds were launched. The New York Times published a comprehensive article on the progression of events in Libya, starting with the removal of Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011.
In Myanmar, displacement and fighting in the north are putting the validity of the country’s peace accord into question.
In Somalia, 30 people were killed in an Al-Shabaab attack in the city of Baidoa. African leaders are calling for increased support for the peacekeeping mission in Somalia.
In South Sudan, the U.N. is defending it’s actions during an attack at a camp for displaced people two weeks ago that killed 17 people.
In Syria, the ceasefire appears to be largely holding. However, both sides have accused the other of violating the agreement. The U.N. is taking advantage of the halt in fighting to deliver aid to needy communities. The head of human rights for the U.N. has reported that thousands of people have died in besieged towns in Syria over the course of the five year civil war.
In Yemen, Amnesty International is calling for all governments to stop the flow of weapons into the country.
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