Warzone News: July 13, 2016

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Warzone News: Week of July 13, 2016

In Burundi, a former member of parliament was killed in the capital Bujumbura. Meanwhile five political parties are boycotting a second round of peace talks.

In Central African Republic, an estimated 6,000 people have fled to nearby Chad and Cameroon to escape fighting.

In Colombia, one unit of the rebel FARC army says it will not disarm under the recent peace deal signed with the government. A clash also occurred between FARC rebels and the Colombian military, though there were no fatalities.

In Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN is warning that the political crisis could put the long-term stability of the country in jeopardy.

In Iraq, an ISIS attack on a shrine north of Baghdad killed at least 30 people, just days after the worst bombing in years hit the capital. A second bombing in the same area occurred the following day at a checkpoint.

In Israel and Palestine, violence between Jewish settlers and Palestinians has prompted Israel to increase security around the West Bank city of Hebron.

In Nigeria, Fulani militant heardsmen are raiding communities and killing. Some estimates put the number of casualties from this conflict as even greater than those from Boko Haram attacks.

In Somalia, Al Shabaab attacked a military base outside of Mogadishu, killing 5 soldiers. Fadumo Dayib, once a refugee, is running to become Somalia’s first female president.

In South Sudan, violence has once again broken out, threatening the peace deal signed more than two years ago and leading to fears of renewed civil war. Fighting in the capital, Juba, has killed up to 150 people. The US has sent some troops into Juba to protect American citizens. A ceasefire went into effect on Monday, and the vice president retreated with his troops to outside the capital, saying he is not planning for another civil war. As South Sudan celebrates the fifth anniversary of it’s independence, how has it progressed?

In Syria, 250,000 people in the city of Aleppo are living under siege after the Syrian army captured the only road out of the city. Despite a truce, fighting between government and rebel forces has continued. Russian jets reportedly bombed a Syrian refugee camp near the Jordan border, killing at least 8.

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