#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Yemen’s Cholera Crisis ‘Spiraling out of Control’ July 14, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Yemen’s Cholera Crisis ‘Spiraling out of Control’ July 14, 2017

 Yemen has reached a new horrifying milestone—more than 300,00 suspected cholera cases in country. In this week's #ICYMI, we take a look at the spiraling cholera epidemic in Yemen, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Power Outage in the Gaza Strip

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Power Outage in the Gaza Strip

Since Gaza’s only power plant shut down in April of this year, electricity has become a luxury item to the nearly two million people living there. Available for only about 4 hours a day, a recent agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel just reduced Gaza's electricity by another 40 percent. Since the plant shut down in April when fuel ran out, Gaza has relied on feeder strips from Egypt and Israel. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the power outage in Gaza, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Health System in Yemen at Breaking Point as Cholera Spreads at Unprecedented Rate

Health System in Yemen at Breaking Point as Cholera Spreads at Unprecedented Rate

With one in every 200 Yeminis now being suspected of having been infected with cholera, the health system in the country is at a breaking point. More than 5,000 suspected new cases have been reported daily during the past week and the spread of the disease, which started just over a month ago, is rapidly accelerating. See the ICRC’s full news release.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Combat & Cholera in Yemen

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Combat & Cholera in Yemen

Earlier this week, authorities in Yemen declared a state of emergency due to a sharp rise in cholera deaths. Director of Global Operations Dominik Stillhart spoke with NPR's Morning Edition about the crisis and called for the unconditional and immediate access to people detained in relation with the conflict. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation in Yemen, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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ICRC Condemns "Gruesome and Heartbreaking" Attack on Civilian Ship in Yemen, Calls for Immediate Investigation

ICRC Condemns "Gruesome and Heartbreaking" Attack on Civilian Ship in Yemen, Calls for Immediate Investigation

The ICRC is shocked by last night's attack on a civilian ship carrying around 150 passengers, including women and children, near the port of Hodeida in Yemen. "We strongly condemn this attack and deplore such a tragic loss of life," said the ICRC's director of operations, Dominik Stillhart. "These people were themselves fleeing conflict, in search of safety and a better life. We call on the warring parties to conduct an immediate investigation into what happened." 

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Aid Workers are #NotATarget February 10, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Aid Workers are #NotATarget February 10, 2017

For this week’s roundup, we’ve collected some of the media coverage and public condemnation on horrific attacks on Red Cross aid workers in Afghanistan, Syria, and Nigeria. Today and every day we in Washington stand with our colleagues who risk their lives to save others. Aid workers are #NotATarget.

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UPDATED: ICRC Evacuations in Eastern Aleppo; Thousands in Need

UPDATED: ICRC Evacuations in Eastern Aleppo; Thousands in Need

Since Thursday December 15th, the ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent have been able to facilitate the evacuation of more than 25,000 from Eastern Aleppo to rural areas in Aleppo and Idlib. Around 750 people were simultaneously evacuated from Foua and Kefraya, in Idlib province in the northwest of Syria. The wounded have been taken to health care centers, while a mix of local authorities, charities and host communities are caring for the needs of tens of thousands of other residents of East Aleppo. The ICRC head of delegation in Syria, Marianne Gasser, said that she had never seen such levels of suffering and destruction.

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Citizens Trapped in Mosul are the ICRC's Main Concern

Citizens Trapped in Mosul are the ICRC's Main Concern

 Throughout the Habitat III conference, the ICRC has been working to ensure that the New Urban Agenda (NUA) properly acknowledges the links between armed conflict, urban violence and urban development, and that commitments are made to ensure more resilient essential services and support for communities living amidst such violence. Thousands of miles away, tanks roll on Mosul as militaries operations attempt to liberate the city. The ICRC main concerns are for the civilians trapped in the city. 

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Viewpoint: Why it is Unconscionable to Attack Syria's Aid Workers

Viewpoint: Why it is Unconscionable to Attack Syria's Aid Workers

The deadly bombing of a UN-aid convoy in a rebel-held part of Syria last Monday threw the spotlight on the dangers facing humanitarian workers there - and the suffering of civilians whose lives depend on their help. Robert Mardini, ICRC's Middle East Director spoke out against a growing catalogue of attacks on aid workers in the Syrian war in a compelling op-ed ran on BBC.com. 

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No Safe Place in Aleppo

No Safe Place in Aleppo

People in eastern Aleppo are living through “hell on earth,” the ICRC`s spokesperson in Syria told CNN last week. Hostilities have only intensified on both sides of Aleppo since then. Nowhere and no one is safe in Aleppo This has to stop. For the sake of people suffering immensely in Aleppo, let’s hope that we soon see a de-escalation of hostilities, daily humanitarian pauses that can offer relief, and a commitment by all sides to allow all those that wish to leave Aleppo to do so safely.

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Opinion: Don’t leave Iraq’s displaced out of the equation

Opinion: Don’t leave Iraq’s displaced out of the equation

Humanitarian concerns in Iraq – particularly those of an estimated 3.3 million people who are internally displaced – are being overshadowed by military, security and stabilization objectives.

As Iraqi and coalition forces prepare their offensive to take back Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, we at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are growing increasingly worried about the humanitarian crisis affecting those who have fled earlier battles, and the looming crisis that awaits the residents of Mosul and the surrounding area.

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“This has to stop” – ICRC says indiscriminate fighting in Syria’s Aleppo taking heavy toll on civilians

“This has to stop” – ICRC says indiscriminate fighting in Syria’s Aleppo taking heavy toll on civilians

The Syrian city of Aleppo is seeing some of the fiercest fighting in months, and the ICRC is concerned about the alarming lack of respect for civilians, health facilities and civilian infrastructure, as well as the growing humanitarian needs in the city.

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Today in DC: The Iraq Pledging Conference

Today in DC: The Iraq Pledging Conference

On July 20, 2016, the United States joins with Canada, Germany and Japan to co-host a Pledging Conference in Washington, DC, in support of humanitarian needs in Iraq. Real, concrete solutions for Iraq will depend on how the international community and concerned parties address humanitarian needs, and, above all, ensure Iraqis’ well-being and protection now and in the longer term.

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From Resort to Refugee Camp: The Harsh Reality of War

From Resort to Refugee Camp: The Harsh Reality of War

In February, Spanish-American photojournalist Moises Saman joined the ICRC team in Iraq and traveled through Anbar and Salahaddin provinces. Explore people and ruins after having fled the violence, and what was found in its wake. 

"In my opinion, the Iraqi people have stopped believing that things will get better. And I understand why."

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Iraq: "Fallujah Must Not Become Another Ramadi"

Iraq: "Fallujah Must Not Become Another Ramadi"

In the Iraqi city of Fallujah, the ICRC has serious concerns about the well-being and safety of civilians still trapped in and around the city. Tens of thousands of men, women, children and elderly remain stuck inside the town – the largest in Anbar province –  have already had very limited access to food, water and basic healthcare for the past two years.

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