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  • Soaring number of deaths in Syria prisons

    A staggering 1,917 people have died of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment in Syrian prisons this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said. The Britain-based observatory said on Sunday it had documented nearly 2,000 deaths since the start of 2014. The dead include 27 children under the age of 18 and 11 women. Human rights.. More

  • 7 Palestinians killed, 350 detained in October: NGO

    Seven Palestinians were killed and 350 others, including three journalists and an ex-female prisoner, detained by Israel during October, a Palestinian NGO said Saturday. Ahrar Center for Prisoners and Human Rights Studies said the seven dead victims included four teenagers less than 15 years of age. The center added in its monthly report about Israeli.. More

  • Israel detains 100 Palestinian Palestinians in E. Jerusalem

    Israeli police have detained more than 100 Palestinians in East Jerusalem since July for allegedly "throwing stones" at trains. In a Tuesday statement, police said that more than 100 Palestinians had been arrested since July – when a Palestinian teenager was murdered by suspected Jewish settlers – for pelting passing trains with.. More

  • Iraqi Shia militias accused of murder spree

    Shia militias have abducted and murdered scores of Sunni civilians in Iraq in crimes committed in retribution against the actions of ISIL, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The London-based rights group on Tuesday published what it said was evidence that Shia militias abducted civilians in Baghdad, Samarra and Kirkuk, and killed them.. More

  • Bedouins fear Israeli resettlement plans

    At a steep rocky hillside by the road that winds down to the Dead Sea, children of this Palestinian Bedouin community run up and down the rugged slopes, as goats graze on thorny weeds and sheep bleat nearby. The encampment falls on a bare ridge between Jerusalem and Jericho, almost at sea level, as its name suggests. Just several hundred meters north.. More

  • Where is accountability for Gaza's children?

    Before Israel's invasion of Gaza last July, Farah Baker was an ordinary Palestinian teenager growing up in the besieged strip of land by the Mediterranean Sea. But a compelling Twitter feed catapulted her to international fame. "I'm the modern Anne Frank Gaza-Palestine, 16 years old," is the description of Baker's Twitter account. The teen.. More

  • Egypt's prisons still rife with torture

    Amr was arrested in March while having a cup of tea with two friends at a coffee shop in downtown Cairo. Four months later, the 17-year-old remains in jail, accused of involvement with Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, an armed group in the Sinai that has claimed responsibility for a number of armed attacks against Egyptian security forces. "We didn't hear.. More

  • Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

    On September 16, 2012, at three in the morning, Mohammad Zahir Shah, received a phone call. There were air strikes in the mountains near his home in Lagham province. For the next two hours, Shah and fellow villagers waited for the shelling to come to an end. Then they set out looking for the dead and wounded. Seven were killed, including Shah's.. More

  • Central Gaza homes turn into refuge for the displaced

    The clock above Gaza Strip resident Ahlam Abed chimed 6:00am and in that hour there was strong knocking on the door of her house. The knocking was one of fear. Behind the door there was a Palestinian family that sought safety from Israel's ceaseless rocket and bomb attacks on the homes of the Gaza Strip, which has been suffering Israeli strikes since.. More

  • Amnesty: Dozens of Sunni detainees killed by Iraq government

    Evidence is emerging of reprisal killings of 50 Sunni detainees in the custody of Iraqi forces as retaliation for predominantly Sunni militant group, ISIS's take over of parts of Iraq in the last three weeks, say Amnesty International. Survivors and relatives of the victims said that the detainees were extra judicially executed in the Iraqi city of.. More

  • Palestinian hunger strike passes 40-day mark

    Just outside the Tbeish family home, people began to gather at sunset. Some carried flags, but most held posters of the town's native son, Ayman. A child carried a placard depicting a young man in chains; "Ayman is dying" read another sign, held by an elderly man. In what has almost become a weekly event, neighbors and complete strangers.. More

  • Thousands of Syrian babies becoming stateless

    Ibrahim Khattar and his fiancé Daouk were forced to flee Aleppo for Lebanon in late 2012. Months later, the young couple wed and Daouk became pregnant; after the upheaval of the war and a long engagement, they were finally starting a fresh life. But it was not to be. The couple had not realized their marriage, officiated by a local sheikh, was.. More

  • Israel locking up more children in isolation

    Jamil was only 16 years old when Israeli soldiers raided his Bir al-Basha home near Jenin late last year. It was a few hours before dawn when he was awakened by a hard nudge, blindfolded and handcuffed, then taken away in his pyjamas and house slippers. His ordeal took place in stages: At an Israeli military base, where he was beaten and forbidden.. More

  • Syrian refugees struggle in urban Jordan

    Three years after fleeing their war-torn country, more than half a million Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s urban centres have become more vulnerable and destitute, a new study has revealed. A household assessment released by CARE International on Thursday found that urban Syrian refugees are struggling to cope with inadequate housing and high.. More

  • UN: Syria drought to deepen food crisis

    The United Nations has warned that a looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate a refugee crisis caused by the three-year conflict. Syria's breadbasket northwestern region has received less than half of the average rainfall since September and, if it stays dry up to wheat harvest time in mid-May, the country.. More