Islamic Relief: Distributing 63,300 Cans of Meat in Jordan

Relief this month is providing food supplies to nearly 2,650 families that are finding it harder than ever to meet their basic needs. Focussing on the most vulnerable families – such as female-headed households, families with orphaned children, as well as elderly and disabled people – we are offering the canned meat in Mafraq and Ramtha.   “Each household will receive 24 cans of meat,” said Ala’ Shanti, project manager for Islamic Relief Jordan.   “Canned meat has a much longer shelf-life than fresh meat, so we hope that these food supplies will supplement their diets for several weeks.”   Whilst the project mostly serves refugees fleeing deadly conflict in Syria, 30 per cent of beneficiaries are poor Jordanian families.   – See more at:...

Sinai Jihadist Leader Calls for Attacks on Local Judges

 The leader of Sinai Province, a terrorist group in Egypt with links to the Islamic State,on Wednesday called on followers to attack local judges,Reuters reported. The call was made in an audio statement posted on a prominent jihadist website.   It appeared days after six members of the group were executed for an attack on soldiers in Cairo last year, and follows a court’s decision on Saturday to seek the death penalty for ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.   “It is wrong for the tyrants to jail our brothers,” cleric Abu Osama al-Masry was quoted as having said, referring to judges.   “Poison their food… surveil them at home and in the street… destroy their homes with explosives if you can,” he added.   Reuters could not confirm the authenticity of the recording.   Sinai Province, formerly known as Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis, is a Sinai-based terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for most of the terrorist attacks in the region over the last few years. Among the attacks claimed by the group since Morsi’s ouster was the assassination of a top Egyptian police general, who was gunned down as he left his home in a west Cairo neighborhood, and a bus bombing on a tour bus filled with South Korean tourists in the Sinai.   The Egyptian army imposed a curfew on Gaza on October 25, following two deadly attacks in El-Arish, which killed dozens of soldiers and which were also claimed by the group.  ...

German Syrian Association works for Displaced Syrian Children in Aleppo

Members of the German Syrian Association are pleased to be able to show the first pictures of Association’s children’s Centre in Aleppo. The association expresses thanks to generous donors. An old Arab House could be rebuilt and established child-friendly. A Video of this event has been posted on their official Facebook account. Recently, the children’s Center has recorded the operation. The children have the opportunity to be a child again and to be able to play there. In addition to painting, dancing and theatre play the children are cared psychologically. Also their families receive educational, psycho-social and therapeutic support. The Centre is at the same time learning and Cultural Centre for the children. A small library with children and youth literature has been set up already, as a cinema. The Centre helps children to handle their war experiences. It strengthens them, gives them hope and strength for the future. The organization has created a “place of hope” for the children. The organizations requested to help in order to  expand the Centre with its maintenance. Source...

Attacks on Syrians in Turkey increasing

The past few weeks brought an upsurge in protests and acts of violence against the Syrian refugees in Turkey. Most Turks believe that there are far more Syrians currently in Turkey than Ankara acknowledges, because the majority of them are not registered. Public anger is not only being stirred by Syrian beggars becoming permanent features on the streets of cities and towns, but also because the refugees are undercutting already low wages and forcing up rents in mainly lower-income districts because of the increased demand for housing they create. Recent surveys indicate that many Turks still view helping the needy Syrians as philanthropic, but these same surveys also reveal a significant amount of resentment. More and more people think there is a limit to how philanthropic Turkey can afford to be when millions of Turks are also facing unemployment and poverty. Confrontations between local people and the Syrians living outside official refugee camps appear to be inevitable given these large numbers. An angry crowd in the southeastern city of Sanliurfa, reportedly organizing through social media, tried recently to demonstrate against the Syrians, but was prevented from doing so after the city’s governor mobilized the riot police to protect the refugees. A group of 20 youths, angered over the ban, attacked three Syrian passersby, stabbing one in the leg. The Syrians took refuge in a local shop whose owner protected them from what turned into a lynch mob. The police detained 10 people, but such a response is unlikely to deter additional attacks on Syrian refugees. May alone has witnessed violence against Syrians in Izmir, Gaziantep and Hatay. Some incidents are said to have taken place after Syrian involvement in attacks on locals and alleged accosting of local girls. These...

Islamic Relief USA:  Food and Medical Aid to 7000 in Yemen

    IR international offices are undertaking efforts to provide emergency relief, with special focus on food aid, to those affected by recent violence.   Some 7,000 individuals in the Amran governate stand to benefit from a food distribution project. The food packages, providing at least a month’s worth of sustenance, will include items such as flour, sugar, cooking oil, rice, red beans, milk powder, tea and cooking sauce.   Life-saving medical supplies will insha’Allah be distributed to three main hospitals in the Aden governate, helping some 4,000 people in need.   IR requests to support their mission in Yemen. It will assist 5,160 vulnerable households (approx..36,120 individuals) in 6 governorates of Yemen (Marib, Lahj, Aden , Sanaa, Dhammar, and Taiz) with monthly food rations for 3 months, the food pack will contain: Wheat Flour 50KG Sugar 10 KG Cooking Oil 4 L Rice 20 KG/bag Pulses 9.6 KG   Source...

12 killed, 51 wounded in Yemen clashes

ADEN: Fierce clashes between rebels and pro-government forces killed dozens across south Yemen on Saturday, threatening to derail a humanitarian ceasefire drawn up to bring vital aid to the war-wracked country. The five-day truce initiated by a Saudi-led coalition expires late on Sunday, and Riyadh has already warned it was “ready to act” against any ceasefire violations. In the latest violence, at least 12 civilians were killed and 51 wounded when the Houthi rebels shelled several neighbourhoods in Yemen’s third city of Taiz, military and local sources said. The clashes came after overnight fighting killed 26 Houthi rebels and militiamen loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as well as 14 pro-government forces, military sources said. The United Nations has expressed deep concern about the civilian death     toll from clashes. It says more than 1,500 people have died in the conflict since late March. Some aid has begun to trickle into Yemen since the pause in fighting, but residents of areas where clashes persist complain they remain without the most basic supplies. The fighting in Taiz overnight forced many to flee to the countryside. “Humanitarian aid hasn’t reached Taiz, where we haven’t received fuel, food or medical equipment,” said a government official in the city. The United Nations has called for the Saudi-led coalition to simplify import inspections after warning that supplies were still blocked. UN co-ordinator Johannes van der Klaauw warned that the inspections, introduced under an arms embargo slapped on the Houthi rebels last month, were hampering aid deliveries. “The arms embargo and its inspection regime results in commercial goods, be it by air or by ship,...