As Iraqi forces enter the outskirts of Mosul, amid reports of ISIL using families as human shields, Christian Aid is calling for all sides to the fighting to respect international law and allow immediate safe passage for those trapped in the city and seeking to flee.
With more than two million people impacted by the fighting in and around Aleppo,the United Nations has made an urgent call for a humanitarian pause in the hostilities to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks, and provide assistance to people in need.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali, condemned the recent clashes in Kidal between forces of The Platform Movement and those of the Coordination of movements of Azawad, both of which are signatories to the country's peace agreement.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has reported that the ceasefire in the crisis-gripped country appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire”, while the UN refugee agency has urged countries to keep their borders open for people fleeing tensions in Juba, where the human rights wing has warned the situation is “deteriorating rapidly.”
The armed men who carried out the deadly armed attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, north-western Pakistan, violated the central principle of international humanitarian law by deliberately targeting civilians in what appears to be a war crime, says Amnesty International.