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UN: “lethal escalation” of violence in Syria, Aleppo being crushed

By: PanARMENIAN.Net Source: PanARMENIAN.Net Escalating violence across Syria which has seen a fragile truce agreement unravel and peace talks collapse could release new levels of horror, the UN human rights chief said on Friday, April 29 saying all parties have shown a “monstrous disregard” for civilian lives, Reuters reports. “The cessation of hostilities and the Geneva talks were the only game in town, and if they are abandoned now, I dread to think how much more horror we will see in Syria,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said in a statement, urging all sides to step back from a return to all-out war. “The violence is soaring back to the levels we saw prior to...

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Women pray as they wait for assistance at Hariirad town of Awdal region, Somaliland. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Somaliland: reports of hyenas attacking women as drought worsens

By: Emma Batha Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Somaliland risks descending into famine amid a severe drought that has killed thousands of livestock, an international aid agency warned on Friday, adding there were reports of some women being set upon by hyenas after collapsing from hunger. “Many people are saying it’s the worst drought in memory,” said Mary Griffin, spokeswoman for Islamic Relief, who visited the region this month. She said malnourished mothers were unable to breastfeed their babies, and herders were feeding cardboard boxes to their surviving animals because there was no grass left for grazing. Adan Shariff...

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Israeli security forces gather around the body of a Palestinian after he was shot dead by Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Israeli police say Palestinian woman and teen they killed had knives

By: Jeffrey Heller Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian woman and her teenage brother on Wednesday, saying they were armed with knives and tried to carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank. Police said the woman, holding a knife, and a man walked rapidly towards police and other Israeli security guards in a vehicles-only lane at the Qalandia checkpoint outside Jerusalem. “Police called on them several times to stop. When they kept advancing…the officers neutralized the terrorists,” a police statement said. Palestinian authorities identified the two dead as Maram Abu Ismail, 23, and her...

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