What You Need to Know About Urban War

What You Need to Know About Urban War

“I Saw My City Die,” a new report released today captures the experience of civilians living in cities impacted by devastating urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The report includes testimony from civilians in Mosul, Taiz and Aleppo – three cities that have been subject to intense fighting – as well as some powerful statistics that illustrate the deadly nature of urban war in the Middle East. Through some analysis of statistics, the report clearly shows that modern urban wars can be far more deadly for civilians than when wars take place in more rural areas.

Read More

New on Law & Policy: IHL and Islam

New on Law & Policy: IHL and Islam

With armed conflicts taking place in so many parts of the Muslim world, the Islamic law of war is as indispensable as ever for the protection of civilians and other persons hors de combat. Over the centuries, classical Muslim jurists have in providing an impressive legal literature, which, just as international humanitarian law (IHL), brings humanity in war. Emphasizing the universality of IHL’s principles, which transcend legal traditions, civilizations and cultures, is absolutely essential for improving respect and protection for victims of armed conflict in the Muslim world.

Read More

What You Need to Know About “Safe Zones”

What You Need to Know About “Safe Zones”

There has been much talk recently about establishing “safe zones” in Syria. This debate is not new. In recent decades, concerned states have created a variety of “zones” to shelter civilians as well as the sick and wounded. Some of zones have been successful in saving thousands of people that might have otherwise been killed. Still, many other interventions have been far less successful in improving the situation for civilians at grave risk. Deputy Head of Communications Trevor Keck discusses what you need to know about safe zones. 

Read More

What You Need to Know about Humanitarian Airdrops

What You Need to Know about Humanitarian Airdrops

Humanitarian airdrops are one of the many ways aid can be delivered to those in need. But for many reasons, it is not ideal and is not a long term solution. Discover how the ICRC decides whether or not a humanitarian airdrop is appropriate in a certain context and why unimpeded ground access in Syria is crucial to effectively deliver aid to those most in need.

Read More

What You Need to Know about Aiding Civilians Trapped in Conflict

What You Need to Know about Aiding Civilians Trapped in Conflict

Consider the following dilemma. Thousands of people are trapped inside a city that is running out of food, water and other basic aid. An armed conflict has engulfed the broader country for years. Government military forces outside the city have blocked humanitarian convoys to this city for months to starve fighters inside. These were the types of scenarios and questions that more than thirty experts discussed at a closed door roundtable convened by the ICRC Washington delegation and InterAction this past April. The roundtable sought to identify what policymakers, militaries, humanitarians and other actors should consider as they contemplate interventions to protect and assist civilians` at-grave risk.

Read More