June 29, 2015
In the news:
Last Monday Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament, killing a woman and child and wounding twenty-eight people. The Taliban indicated that it planned the attack to coincide with a vote on the new defense minister. All six of the attackers were killed in firefight when Afghan security forces responded to the attack.
As feared, ISIS militants destroyed two ancient shrines in Palmyra, a 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of statues had been removed from the city for protection before the militants took control over areas of Iraq and Syria near Palmyra, however not all of them could be saved.
In Yemen, United Nations-backed peace talks between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government ended without an agreement or a cease-fire. The UN pleaded for $1.6 billion for emergency aid to alleviate the humanitarian crisis throughout the region, however, without a cease-fire agreement to deliver aid, use of potential donations will continue to be challenging. Fighting in the region has killed over 2,500 and displaced almost a million people since March.
Around the web:
Drone Strike Targeting. Previously undisclosed documents provided by Edward Snowden detail drone strike targeting procedures for individuals suspected of terrorist activities, as well as ways in which such procedures may fail.
Violations of IHL in Gaza. A United Nations report has been released detailing “serious violations of international humanitarian law” that “may amount to war crimes” by both Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza conflict last summer.
On the blog:
Interning at the American Red Cross. Intern Jessica Lach shares her experiences working with the IHL team and first impressions of Washington, DC on the blog.
Reflecting on the Youth Leadership Summit. Participating IHL Action Campaign teams and the IHL team at National Headquarters reflect on the Youth Leadership Summit and the creative Action Campaign projects teams completed throughout the year. Read all about these experiences here and here on the blog!