Israel/Gaza – how does it end?

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? full report

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Fear and loathing in Israel, Palestine

JERUSALEM/TEL AVIV/GAZA CITY, 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 full report

ANALYSIS: Iraq’s minorities under fire

ERBIL, 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. full report

How Iraq came apart: a timeline

DUBAI, 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. full report

Violence and displacement stretch Iraq's health services

ERBIL, 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. full report

Increasing drug use strains Yemen’s services

SANA'A, 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. full report

New camps for fleeing Iraqis offer safety but little comfort

KHAZAIR, 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. full report