Warzone News: May 4, 2016

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Warzone News: Week of May 4, 2016

Resources of the Week: A report released this week found that the number of civilians killed or injured by explosives has risen by over 50% in the last five years. UNICEF is reporting that a quarter of school-aged children live in countries affected by conflict and other disasters.

In Afghanistan, the Pentagon released it’s investigation into US air strikes on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in October 2015, finding the strikes did not amount to war crimes because they were unintentional.

In Burundi, peace talks that were set to begin on Monday have been delayed due to violence.

In Central African Republic, the UN Security Council voted to keep peacekeeping troops in the country through July.

In Chad, continued violence by Boko Haram is keeping around 100,000 people from returning to their homes in the Lake Chad region.

In Democratic Republic of Congo, the president’s attempts to stay in office for another term could lead to instability or even an outbreak of conflict. Three aid workers were kidnapped in eastern Congo by suspected Rwandan rebels.

In Iraq, hundred of protesters broke through the “Green Zone,” a protected area surrounding parliament and other government buildings in Baghdad. Protesters were motivated by a Shia cleric, who is exploiting the instability and corruption in the Iraqi government for his political gain.

In Israel and Palestine, Israel seems to be lightening it’s blockade on Gaza. An official commented, “We do understand that a deep and whole recovery of the Gaza Strip is essential for stability.” Violence continues between Israelis and Palestinians, increasing tensions.

In Libya, ISIS attacks on oil fields are threatening the country’s economy and impacting the livelihoods of many Libyans.

In Nigeria, after an attack last week left up to 50 people dead, the government is prioritizing preventing these attacks by armed herdsmen. One woman tells the story of how she escaped from Boko Haram.

In Somalia, the first of 70 British troops have arrived in the country to help fight Al-Shabaab.

In South Sudan, the country is facing a critical time to see if peace will hold after the creation of a unity government.

In Syria, the UN is asking the US and Russia to help bolster Syria’s ceasefire, described as being “barely alive.” Leaders are focusing on establishing a ceasefire in Aleppo, one of the most important strategic cities in the war. Meanwhile, Syrian government airstrikes hit a hospital in Aleppo, killing or injuring doctors and other civilians.

In Ukraine, almost 10,000 people have been killed and over 20,000 people wounded since the conflict began in April 2014.

In Yemen, the government were suspended peace talks after Houthi rebels seized a military base. However, talks resumed in Kuwait today. A new video report from Frontline takes a look into the Yemen conflict and it’s impact on Yemenis.

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