Stranded Syrians at "serious risk" of losing refugee status in Lebanon

SAIDA, 16 March 2015 (IRIN) - Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in Lebanon are at risk of losing their refugee status due to new visa rules, the United Nations has warned. full report

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Yemen at War: Lifesaving aid blocked by airstrikes

BEIRUT, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - The Saudi Arabian-led assault has disrupted many vital life-saving aid programs, international aid agencies said. full report

Civilians killed as Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen

SANA'A, 26 March 2015 (IRIN) - Saudi Arabia and its allies may be hitting civilian targets in its bombing campaign in Yemen, residents and rights groups have warned. full report

Taking the long run in Palestine

BETHLEHEM, 26 March 2015 (IRIN) - Three thousand people are preparing to run tomorrow in annual 'Right to Movement' marathon in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. IRIN's Annie Slemrod is among them. full report

10,000 flat-pack IKEA shelters for Iraqi displaced

DUBAI, 24 March 2015 (IRIN) - The UN refugee agency has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters designed by a social enterprise arm of furniture giant IKEA, with first delivery planned to displacement camps across Iraq within months. full report

As Yemen crumbles, civilians brace for the worst

SANA'A, 24 March 2015 (IRIN) - As Yemen slides closer to civil war, across the country civilians are preparing. In the southern city of Taiz, thousands have been protesting against the takeover by Houthi rebels while in the capital Sana'a civilians are stocking up on food and water. full report

Iraqi Kurdistan nears breaking point

ERBIL, 20 March 2015 (IRIN) - The pressure of hosting more than 1 million people displaced by militants from the group calling itself Islamic State - on top of an existing 225,000 Syrian refugees - is taking a crippling economic and social toll on Iraqi Kurdistan and increasing risks for the most vulnerable. full report

After Israel's elections, what prospects for Middle East peace process?

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly confirmed he would block all bids for an independent Palestinian state, is the two-state solution dead? full report

Syrian aid groups seek greater role

DUBAI, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - Local NGOs and diaspora groups involved in frontline aid delivery in Syria want more recognition from the wider humanitarian community as well as the chance to access direct funding, rather than working merely as silent implementers for international NGOs. Limited communication due in part to language and cultural barriers, but also to concerns around terrorism, has led to parallel and duplicated operations, competition for donor funding, staff poaching and a general feeling of mistrust. full report

Syria four years on - an unimaginable toll

BEIRUT, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - As Syria's conflict heads towards its fifth year, the extent of human suffering is almost unimaginable. full report

The technology behind Syria's lights out campaign

NEW YORK, 12 March 2015 (IRIN) - Widely published satellite images of Syria’s steady loss of night-time light during its four-year civil war cost only $300 to produce. Can they help humanitarians assess crises better? full report