IHH begins distributing Bread to 14000 Families in Gaza

  IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation started a project involving distribution of free bread to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.   The Gazans are living in very hard conditions due to the blockade imposed by Israel. Therefore IHH has started a campaign to deliver free bread to the people for one month.   The Zakat office under Ministry of Waqf will carry out the delivery of bread to 14000 families in Gaza. The campaign will run for one month and cover all neighbourhoods in Gaza.   The bread packages will contain 50 pita breads special to Palestine. Each family will receive one to two packages daily. The packages prepared by IHH has already been distributed in the following Gazan neighbourhoods: Rafah, Khan Younus, Dar al-Belah, Centre, Jabwaliya, Beit Hanoun and Beyt Lahya.   Source...

Islamic State suicide tank attack on police base kills 37, slows slow Iraq’s Ramadi counterattack

BAGHDAD – A huge suicide bomb attack on an Iraqi police base killed at least 37 people Monday, further slowing an operation to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State jihadis. The blast came as U.S.-led coalition members carrying out air raids against Islamic State and providing training and weapons to Iraqi forces prepared to meet in Paris for talks on a string of major battlefield gains by the jihadis in Iraq and Syria. A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle at a police base in Iraq’s Salaheddin province, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 30, officers said. “They are mostly policemen,” said a doctor at the main hospital in the nearby city of Samarra where the casualties were taken. Some police officers said the suicide attacker used a tank to muscle his way into the police base, located between Samarra and Tharthar lake, northwest of Baghdad. The area is being used as part of a military operation aimed at cutting off the Islamic State group’s supply lines in Anbar province of western Iraq. Islamic State fighters have in the past year seized a formidable arsenal of military vehicles, weapons and ammunition from retreating Iraqi forces. The jihadis’ latest haul of gear came on May 17 when Iraqi forces fled and they captured Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The debacle of the security forces prompted Iraqi leader Haidar al-Abadi to call in the Hashed al-Shaabi, an umbrella organization that includes Iran-backed Shiite militias that Baghdad and Washington had been reluctant to involve in the Sunni bastion of Anbar. Iraqi forces launched a counteroffensive but...

ISIS claims Baghdad hotel car bombings that killed nine

 BAGHDAD (AFP) – The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group on Friday claimed responsibility for car bombings at two upscale Baghdad hotels that officials said killed at least nine people and wounded dozens. Militants were able to transport the bombs, which exploded just before midnight (2100 GMT) on Thursday and were heard across the city centre, inside the walled compounds of the Ishtar and Babylon hotels in central Baghdad. ISIS – which has overrun swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad since June last year – said in an online statement that suicide bombers had been ready to detonate the bombs but were able to leave them and avoid detection. The blast at the Ishtar – formerly a Sheraton – shattered windows of the recently renovated hotel, turning rows of expensive cars and SUVs into charred, twisted metal....

Huthi rebels kill Yemen capital’s governor

SANAA – Yemen’s Shiite Huthi rebels have killed the capital’s governor in clashes that erupted during an attempt to detain him, his relatives said Friday. Abdulghani Jamil and his nephew Nasr Jamil “died of wounds sustained during late Thursday clashes between the governor’s aides and Huthi militiamen”, the sources said. Jamil was appointed by fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled to Saudi Arabia after the rebels seized power in Sanaa and later advanced on his last refuge in the south, the port city of Aden. The Huthis “demanded Jamil hand himself over” to them.   His refusal prompted a firefight in which both he and his nephew were wounded, the relatives said. The Huthis, allied with renegade troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, have been in control of Sanaa since last September despite more than two months of Saudi-led coalition air strikes against their positions across the country. Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when a Muslim militia attacked Houthi rebels in a push to drive Houthis from the district, residents and fighters said. Saudi-led forces also made four air strikes on a military base near the airport, a source in the southern militia told Reuters. A Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in Yemen on March 26 in a campaign to restore Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. He fled in March, after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa in September and then thrust into central and south Yemen. Aden is Yemen’s commercial hub. Its airport has been closed since fighting began but its port provides sporadic access for...

Mercy-USA’s Medical Support Staff provide Hope and Care in Syria

The clinic sees an average of 750 newborns a month   Mercy-USA, with 20 years of experience in managing mother and child health clinics in some of the world’s most dangerous war-zones, is now operating most ambitious privately funded mother and child health clinic in Aleppo, Syria, where the need is critical.   Located in the Omar Ibn Abdel Aziz Hospital in the Al Ma’adi district of Aleppo, the health clinic is open and operating daily serving this district and surrounding districts. The staff of two physicians, two nurses, plus administrative personnel see an average of 600 women for free pre- and postnatal care and birthing services each month.   The clinic also sees an average of 750 newborns, infants and children each month for free pediatric care with special attention paid to the monitoring of their vaccination schedules and nutrition counseling. Our brave female OB/GYN physician is one of the very few women left to provide this vital care in the region.  ...

Islamic State Jihadists Execute 23 Civilians Near Syria’s Palmyra

BEIRUT:  Fighters from the jihadist Islamic State group on Friday executed 23 civilians, including nine children, near Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor said. “The Islamic State group executed by gunfire 23 civilians, including nine children, in the village of Amiriyeh, north of Tadmor,” said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman. He told AFP that family members of government employees were among those killed near Palmyra, also called Tadmor in Arabic, as the jihadists closed in on the UNESCO world heritage site.  ...