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  • Palestinians forced to demolish own homes

    For the past two months, Hamzah Abu Terr has slept on the floor of his home. He gave his bed to his three small children whose room he was forced to destroy earlier this year, to avoid large demolition fines issued by the Israeli municipality. "I had no choice," said Hamzah, sitting on the couch at his home in East Jerusalem next to his eldest.. More

  • Egypt's human rights situation is going from ugly to uglier

    Egypt's deteriorating human rights situation in the past three years has had something of a boiled frog effect to it - things have gotten worse just gradually enough that the country's unfolding problems have been pushed to the margins. But the severe abuses meted out to Egyptian citizens are crushing any hopes of a pluralistic, truly democratic society.. More

  • Displaced Syrians battle for online lifeline

    Yousef sat on the navy couch with his arms wrapped tightly around his legs, and rocked back and forth. It's a position he has become all too familiar with over the past year. He turned on his laptop and waited fitfully for Skype to load. "Without Skype I wouldn't be able to be in touch with my family in Aleppo," he said in his living room.. More

  • Report demands US probe Yemen drone strike

    US policy on drone strikes has been questioned by a rights group who say a strike on a wedding procession killed civilians, not al-Qaeda fighters, as previously claimed by US officials. Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a 28-page report on Thursday that said all the victims of a December 2013 drone strike were civilians, citing witnesses.. More

  • Children's rights ignored in Egypt crackdown

    Sara Atef was wearing her school uniform on the day she was arrested by riot police. The 16-year-old had become a regular sight at anti-government rallies organized by Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated groups in her hometown of 6 October city, a sprawling satellite development an hour's drive from central Cairo. Sara, who says her first experience of.. More

  • UN: Clashes in Iraq's Anbar displaced 300,000

    Violence in Iraq's Sunni-dominated Anbar province, where armed groups fully control one city and parts of another, has displaced up to 300,000 people in six weeks, the United Nations has said. The province has been hit by a surge in fighting between pro- and anti-government forces that began at the end of last year, as Iraq suffers its worst violence.. More

  • Civilian carnage surges in Afghanistan

    Wheeling himself out of the children's ward of Kabul's Emergency Surgical Centre for War Victims, Qasem appeared unmoved by the autumn sun and flowers he turned his wheelchair to face. "I'll never get better," the seven-year-old from Ghazni province said as his left leg protruded from the red-and-black wheelchair he has been relegated to.. More

  • UN decries child abuse in Syria

    The United Nations has accused both sides to the Syria conflict of grave violations against children. Children caught in the Syrian war are being recruited as child soldiers, used as human shields, and tortured, according to a new UN report. The report, released on Tuesday, found that in the early stages of the nearly three-year conflict, the Syrian.. More

  • UN: At least 733 Iraqis killed in January

    The United Nations has said that at least 733 Iraqis were killed during violence in January, even when leaving out casualties from an embattled western province of Anbar. The figures issued on Saturday by the UN's mission to Iraq (UNAMI) show that 618 civilians and 115 members of the security forces were killed last month. Baghdad was the worst affected.. More

  • UN: attacks on West Bank Palestinians on rise

    The number of attacks on Palestinians by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank has increased every year for the past eight years, according to figures from the United Nations. About 2,100 attacks have been launched by Israelis since 2006 and annual totals are up from 115 that year to 399 in 2013, according to the UN, which started counting such.. More

  • No end in sight for Egypt crackdown

    On the morning of October 31, 15-year-old Yomna Abu Eissa was wearing her school uniform and carrying her backpack when she was handcuffed and taken into custody in Alexandria, Egypt's second-biggest city . Her school uniform was ultimately replaced by the plain white garments worn by prisoners. In November, a court sentenced Yomna to 11 years in prison.. More

  • UNRWA: Israeli curbs halt Gaza projects

    The UN says it has halted work on all but one of its 20 building projects in the Gaza Strip as a result of an Israeli ban on importing building materials into the Palestinian territory. Israel imposed the ban after discovering on October 13 a 2.5km tunnel which it said "fighters planned to use for attacks inside its territory." "We.. More

  • Controversy as Palestinian prisoners freed

    Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners, some held in Israeli jails for more than two decades, were released to their families in a "gesture of good faith" by Israel's government. But critics say Tuesday's move should have been made decades ago under the Oslo Accords, and that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is milking the release for its own political.. More

  • Egypt tunnel closure costs Gaza millions

    Egypt's closure of tunnels used to smuggle goods into the Gaza strip has caused monthly losses of $230 million to its economy, a Hamas official has said. The "closure of the tunnels caused heavy losses to the industry, commerce, agriculture, transport and construction sectors" of about $230 million monthly, said Hatem Oweida, deputy economy.. More

  • Cruel exile for Syrian Palestinians

    Life in overcrowded refugee camps of Lebanon is proving difficult for Palestinians fleeing Syria. "We are discriminated against here. The Palestinians think we take their jobs and other things. But you see, here, we have nothing. We don't feel welcome." The Palestinian refugee from Syria sits in the single small room she occupies with her.. More