US-led airstrike kills 33 civilians in Daesh-held Syrian town

us-led-airstrike-kills-33-civilians-in-daesh-held-syrian-townPublished in: Middle East

A so-called monitoring group says nearly three dozen civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group carried out an aerial attack against a school used as a center for displaced people in Syria's troubled and militant-held northern province of Raqqah.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the airstrike targeted south of the Daesh-held Mansurah town, located about 30 kilometers west of the provincial capital city of Raqqah, in the early hours of Tuesday.

“We can now confirm that 33 people were killed, and they were displaced civilians from Raqqah, Aleppo and Homs,” SOHR head Rami Abdel Rahman said on Wednesday.

He added, “They're still pulling bodies out of the rubble until now. Only two people were pulled out alive,” he added.

“Raqqah is Being Slaughtered Silently,” an activist group that publishes news from the Daesh-controlled Syrian city, said the targeted school hosted nearly 50 displaced families.

At least 10 civilians were killed and several others injured on March 12, when US-led military aircraft bombarded the town of Maskanah, located 100 kilometers southeast of the northwestern city of Aleppo.

Blasts Kill 4, Injure 18 in Northeastern Nigeria, Police Say

blasts-kill-4-injure-18-in-northeastern-nigeria-police-sayPublished in: Rest of World

Multiple blasts at camps for people who have fled Boko Haram Takfiri militants killed four and injured 18 in the northeastern Nigeria city of Maiduguri, the state police commissioner said on Wednesday.

The attacks were the latest in a series in the past week. In a video circulated on Friday, a man claiming to be Boko Haram's leader claimed responsibility for bombings in Maiduguri and a raid in a nearby town last week. Bombings near the city killed four on Sunday.

Borno Police Commissioner Damian Chukwu said the latest blasts happened at around 04:30 a.m.

"Three bomb explosions occurred this morning at three different locations near Muna Garage, Maiduguri. Four people were killed and 18 people injured," he said, according to Reuters.

Chukwu said two of the blasts happened at camps for people displaced by Boko Haram. The frequency of attacks has increased since the end of the rainy season in late 2016.

Boko Haram's attacks have killed about 15,000 people and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes.

Iran’s President: Cabinet Fully Committed to Resistance Economy Policies

iran-s-president-cabinet-fully-committed-to-resistance-economy-policiesPublished in: Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his administration’s commitment to implementing the “Resistance Economy” plan in a bid to help stimulate domestic production and combat unemployment.

The administration will make every effort to carry out the policies of the Resistance Economy, as instructed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Rouhani said in a letter to the Leader on Wednesday.

His comments came after Ayatollah Khamenei on Tuesday designated the new Persian year as “Year of Resistance Economy: Employment and Production”.

Rouhani added that devising plans to boost domestic production and create more job opportunities in the country will be top on the agenda at the first cabinet session in the new year.

Back in 2014, Ayatollah Khamenei had sent a proclamation to heads of Iran’s branches of power and outlined general policies to boost the country’s economy and lower its vulnerabilities under a grand plan, dubbed Resistance Economy.

Red Cross Warns on Mass Hunger in Yemen, Somalia

red-cross-warns-on-mass-hunger-in-yemen-somaliaPublished in: Yemen

Red Cross Warns on Mass Hunger in Yemen, Somalia

The world has got just three to four months to save millions of people in Yemen and Somalia from starvation, as drought and war wreck crops and block aid across the region, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.

The agency said it needed $300 million to fund its work in those countries and other trouble spots in South Sudan and northeast Nigeria.

"We have probably a window of three to four months to avoid a worst case scenario," Dominik Stillhart, the ICRC's director of operations worldwide, told a Geneva news briefing, Reuters reported.

"We have a kind of perfect storm where protracted conflict is overlapped, exacerbated by natural hazard, drought in particular in the Horn of Africa that is leading to the situation we are facing now," he said.

More than 20 million people are facing famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, say aid agencies.

Cholera, which can be deadly for children, is on the rise in Somalia, while an average of 20 people in Yemen are dying each day from disease or war wounds, ICRC officials said.

The ICRC appealed for $400 million for its operations in the four countries this year, but has received only $100 million so far, it said.

The United Nations has appealed for about $5.6 billion, bringing total funding needs to $6 billion, Stillhart said.

"There are significant needs and of course there are serious concerns in terms of having funding available sufficiently fast in order to avert what I said was a large-scale starvation," he said.

"In 2011 the response was too slow and too late leading to starvation of 260,000 people in Somalia alone," he warned.


Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing attack Punjab University cultural show

jamaat-e-islami-s-student-wing-attack-punjab-university-cultural-showPublished in: Pakistan

At least 18 students were injured due to a clash between two rival student groups in Punjab University yesterday, prompting authorities to call in police to help control the situation. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT), student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami had attacked the students and their activists were arrested for the attack.