Yemen crisis a boon for smugglers

Yemen’s security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country’s people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia. Full report

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Outrage over UAE's new terror list

DUBAI, 18 November 2014 (IRIN) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of "terrorist organizations" together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State. full report

Analysis: Refugee or IDP - does it really matter?

ERBIL, 13 November 2014 (IRIN) - In northern Iraq, Syrian refugees live alongside thousands of internally displaced Iraqis, both having fled the same conflict.Yet the two groups are treated differently by the international aid system, with separate programs and funding. Does this still make sense? full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 13 November 2014 (IRIN) - IRIN's reading list highlights some of the recent must-read research, reports and in-depth articles in the humanitarian field, as well as key upcoming conferences and policy debates. full report

Tunisia prepares for Libya influx despite hardened attitudes

MEDENINE, 12 November 2014 (IRIN) - Government authorities and aid agencies in Tunisia say they are prepared for a sudden additional flood of refugees from Libya despite growing public hostility to the influx ahead of presidential elections. full report

ISIS’s latest threat: laying landmines

SULAYMANIYAH, 6 November 2014 (IRIN) - Militants from the group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are booby-trapping land and buildings with improvised explosive device (IEDs), creating new misery for displaced Iraqi families trying to return home and adding to dangers for government forces working on the front line. full report

Conditions worsen in Benghazi as fighting intensifies

DUBAI, 5 November 2014 (IRIN) - Medical conditions are under severe strain in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where government forces are grappling to regain territory from Islamist rebels, and residential streets have become battle zones patrolled by self-appointed local committees. full report

"Popular Committees" feed Yemen polarization

SANAA, 3 November 2014 (IRIN) - After more than a decade of on-and-off conflict with the government and allied tribes, in September the Houthis - a Zaidi Shia Muslim group - advanced from their northern base in Sa'dah, seizing control of many parts of the capital. full report

Meet the Israelis picking Palestinian olives

JERUSALEM, 28 October 2014 (IRIN) - As Palestinian olive pickers again face violent threats and restrictions on their work, some Israelis are going out of their way to protect them. full report

Without fuel subsidies, aid to displaced Iraqis in jeopardy

ERBIL, 24 October 2014 (IRIN) - The prospect of a fuel bill five times higher than last year has left already overstretched aid agencies in Iraq worried they will be unable to help many of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in tents and shelters, just as winter approaches. full report

Corruption disrupts government aid to Iraq's displaced

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, 22 October 2014 (IRIN) - Officials in Iraq are diverting and delaying payments earmarked for displaced families, leaving some families unable to afford food. full report