Warzone News: Week of June 8

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Warzone News: Week of June 8, 2016

Resource of the Week: Deaths from conflict are at a 25 year high. However, the world outside of the Middle East is becoming more peaceful.

In Afghanistan, a reporter for NPR and his translator were killed by shellfire in southern Afghanistan.

In Central African Republic, Human Rights Watch is accusing UN peacekeepers from the Republic of Congo of killing 18 people.

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, the US is calling for sanctions against President Joseph Kabila and his inner circle, as the president attempts to remain in control of the country.

In Iraq, ISIS continues to fight to retain it’s control of the city of Fallujah, by holding civilians as hostages and using improvised explosive devices. As civilians are caught in the battle, the Iraqi government is detaining men and boys fleeing the city to ensure ISIS fighters aren’t escaping. As the city is almost completely encircled, a boat carrying civilians sank, killing at least four people. This article by Al Jazeera explains why the battle for Fallujah is so important.

In Israel and Palestine, three people were executed in Gaza after the ruling group, Hamas, decided to resume the death penalty.

In Libya, unrest is causing many Libyans to risk their lives at the hands of traffickers in the hopes of leaving the country. Over 130 Libyans died while attempting to cross into Turkey when their boat sank.

In Mali, recent Al Qaeda attacks, many of which have targeted peacekeepers, have prompted the UN to recommend adding 2,5000 peacekeepers to existing forces in the country.

In Niger, an attack by Boko Haram has caused 50,000 people to flee since last Friday.

In Somalia, 16 people were killed, including two lawmakers, and over 50 wounded when Al Shabaab attacked a hotel in Mogadishu. Gunfire continued at the hotel days after the attack.

In Syria, the government and it’s allies are targeting the rebel-held city of Aleppo where a hospital was hit. The Syrian government gave it’s approval for aid to be delivered to 11 of 19 besieged towns requested by the Red Cross and UN. Getting the government’s approval for aid deliveries continues to be a problem, preventing many Syrians from receiving the help they need.

In Yemen, the UN released its annual blacklist of states and armed groups that violate children’s rights during conflict. The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen was on the list, as it was responsible for 60% of children’s deaths and injuries during the conflict in 2015. However, after Saudi Arabia filed a complaint, the UN agreed to remove them from the blacklist pending a review. Saudi Arabia and it’s allies are threatening to cut aid contributions to the UN if they aren’t removed from the blacklist. Both sides in Yemen’s conflict agreed to release all child prisoners they were holding.


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