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Practicing peace in wartime
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), For the few communities in Israel where Arabs and Jews try to coexist peacefully, the latest attacks on Gaza have been a source of both tension and unity.
Israel/Gaza – how does it end?
22 July 2014 (IRIN ), As diplomats scurry to agree an end to the two-week clashes between Israel and Hamas, what are the key issues preventing the two sides from reaching a deal?
Gaza: Nowhere to go
21 July 2014 (IRIN ), With over 85,000 Palestinians now displaced in Gaza, the UN shelters housing them are near capacity. Yet for the displaced fleeing violence between Israel and militant groups, there are few alternatives.
Gaza breathes briefly, then holds its breath
17 July 2014 (IRIN ), A five-hour ceasefire on 17 July provided the besieged residents of Gaza a brief reprieve. In the ensuing rush, banks and shops were overwhelmed as families prepared for the worst.
Selective treatment for IDPs in Kurdistan
16 July 2014 (IRIN ), Concern is growing over how the semi-autonomous government of Iraqi Kurdistan is managing its borders amid reports that vulnerable families seeking refuge are being refused entry or forced into transit camps along ethnic lines.
Gaza running out of medical supplies, as Israeli bombing continues
14 July 2014 (IRIN ), As Israel continues to bomb hundreds of targets in the Gaza Strip, hospitals are facing a shortage of medical supplies. Pre-existing shortages are being exacerbated by heightened need and by the border policies of the Egyptian government. The Ministry of Health has announced a state of emergency, and the needs could soon become critical.
Fear and loathing in Israel, Palestine
10 July 2014 (IRIN ), With renewed hostilities between Israel and militants in Gaza and ongoing Palestinian protests in the West Bank and Jerusalem, relations between Palestinians and Jewish communities are becoming ever more fraught
ANALYSIS: Iraq’s minorities under fire
9 July 2014 (IRIN ), As the Islamist militants ISIS make gains across large swathes of Iraq, many of the country’s long-persecuted Christian, Turkoman and Yazidi minority groups worry what the future will hold for them if the country continues to destabilise.
How Iraq came apart: a timeline
3 July 2014 (IRIN ), Iraq is experiencing one of largest internal population displacements in the world and on the verge, many experts say, of a return to civil war. IRIN has been reporting on the crisis since it began in Anbar Province more than six months ago. Here, we take a look back at how the country unravelled.
Increasing drug use strains Yemen’s services
30 June 2014 (IRIN ), An influx of cheap counterfeit pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs, coupled with rising unemployment and an increasingly disillusioned society, is driving substance abuse in Yemen, placing a growing strain on already stretched health and policing services.
Violence and displacement stretch Iraq's health services
27 June 2014 (IRIN ), Hospitals and clinics in areas of fighting in central Iraq are struggling to operate at full capacity due to crossfire, electricity and fuel shortages, and an exodus of staff. Meanwhile, health services in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region, which is hosting hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the fighting between militants and government forces, are struggling to keep up with the needs of the displaced.
ISIS advance adds to aid challenges in Iraq’s north
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), As fighting grows between Islamist insurgents and government forces in Iraq, aid agencies are straining to support the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the violence amid unclear government policies, lack of funding and a multiplicity of humanitarian actors flooding in to respond.
New camps for fleeing Iraqis offer safety but little comfort
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), Khazair camp, on the border between central Iraq and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in the north, has provided Iraqis fleeing Mosul with shelter and safety. But there is little comfort to be found on what is a flat and exposed piece of land that just a few weeks ago was a wheat field.
Abu Salah, IDP from Iraq: “Now, apart from security, we have nothing”
25 June 2014 (IRIN ), Two residents of the Iraqi city Tikrit describe the moment militants entered their city this month, and what they experienced as they fled the fighting.
Aid agencies scramble to support Iraq displaced
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), Cash-strapped aid agencies are scrambling to respond to an escalating humanitarian crisis after Islamist militants seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, forcing an estimated half a million people to flee towards the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the space of days.
Lebanon’s fractured city of Tripoli starts to rebuild after tentative peace
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli has long been divided along sectarian lines, with tensions increasing as a result of the Syrian conflict next-door. A new government security plan has brought a tentative peace to the area. Civil society is now trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild this fractured town - physically, psychologically and economically.
Threat of disease in Iraq villages flooded by militants
27 May 2014 (IRIN ), Flooding caused by the forced closure of a major dam on the Euphrates river has destroyed villages and farms across a 200sqkm area west of Baghdad, leaving tens of thousands homeless and at high risk of waterborne diseases like cholera. And while the water is now slowly receding from Abu Ghraib and some families are starting to return home, Nuaimiyah Dam is still believed to be under the control of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and it is feared they could cause more flooding at any time.
Lebanon’s drought needs long-term solutions
23 May 2014 (IRIN ), Michel Achkar-Daoud is getting used to dry conditions on his farm near the eastern Lebanese town of Zahle, but says changing weather patterns mean it is probably time to get out of farming altogether.
Less hope of return for new wave of Iraqi refugees in Jordan
19 May 2014 (IRIN ), More and more Iraqis are fleeing to Jordan, amid increasing violence back home. And unlike some of their predecessors, the new wave of arrivals has little hope of returning home.
Improved mental health care for refugees in Israel
14 May 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel suffering from trauma and depression after fleeing abuses in their home country or surviving torture camps in Egypt are now getting improved mental health care, though more needs to be done, say refugee groups.

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