Tag: Iraq

Iraqis living in ‘smoke-filled hell’ in areas recaptured from ISIS – Oxfam

Thousands of families around Mosul are living in a ‘smoke-filled hell’ with scant access to clean water or medical services after ISIS militants set fire to oil wells while retreating from towns and villages on the way to Mosul, Oxfam said today. ISIS militants have set 19 oil wells ablaze in the Qayarrah area, south […]

Oxfam welcomes Australian Government’s $10m of aid to support Mosul’s civilians

Oxfam welcomes today’s announcement by the Australian Government of $10 million in life-saving support for Mosul’s civilians, as fighting in the city intensifies. The humanitarian organisation further urges the Australian Government to do what it can to advocate for the protection for civilians fleeing fighting, as Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces, supported by the Coalition, […]

Offensive to retake Mosul begins, Oxfam concerned for civilians

The Iraqi Prime Minister has announced the start of the military operation to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS and Oxfam is concerned hundreds of thousands of civilians risk being caught in the crossfire. Families in Mosul face a terrible choice between staying in ISIS controlled areas where many have reportedly suffered extreme violence […]

Civilians risk getting caught in crossfire as Mosul offensive intensifies

Hundreds of thousands of civilians risk being caught in crossfire as the offensive to retake Mosul and surrounding areas from ISIS intensifies, Oxfam said today. Families face a terrible choice between staying in ISIS controlled areas where many have reportedly suffered extreme violence and food shortages, or risking explosive devices and bullets to escape the […]

Aid and human rights agencies condemn slow pace on 12,000 refugees promise

The nation’s leading humanitarian and human rights organisations are calling on the Australian Government to resettle the promised 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq by the first quarter of 2017. It’s a year today since the Government made the pledge to grant an additional 12,000 Syrians and Iraqis a permanent visa in response to an […]

Arms Trade Treaty set to become binding international law by end of year

The landmark Arms Trade Treaty, designed to control the trade in deadly weapons that fuel armed conflict around the world, will become international law before the end of the year, with seven countries today agreeing to ratify the international agreement at the United Nations, in New York.

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