At 6.7 million people, Syrians are the biggest population of refugees today followed by Palestinians (5.7 million) and Venezuelans (4 million). As of 2020, 88% of the world’s refugees originated from only 12 countries. ➡ | #WorldRefugeeDay
Some 5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are still without sufficient vaccine supplies as shipments from other sources continue to lag even while their neighbor, Israel, is mostly returning to pre-pandemic life.
Israeli far-right nationalists marched in a flag-waving procession through East Jerusalem, an event that risked reigniting tensions with Palestinians and posed an early challenge to Israel’s new government. More photos of the week: 📷 Ronen Zvulun
Israel in talks with three countries over COVID vaccines intended for Palestinians, source says
BREAKING: Israel confirmed it launched airstrikes on occupied Gaza. The attack comes weeks after Israeli airstrikes in May killed over 250 Palestinians, and hours after Israel allowed a far-right nationalist march in occupied East Jerusalem.
Israeli police stormed Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque hours after the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, firing rubber bullets and stun grenades at Palestinians. Witnesses say some Palestinians stayed after Friday prayers to celebrate the ceasefire. Police claim there were "riots."
A Palestinian child should be sitting in a classroom, not in rubble. World leaders must act immediately to protect the human rights of Palestinians.
The U.S. blocked the UN Security Council from issuing a statement aimed at reducing tensions between Israel and Palestinians, diplomats say. Sources told @AFP that 14 out of 15 Sec. Council members were in favor of the statement. The U.S. also blocked a similar text on Monday.
Over 100 Palestinians, including 27 children, have been killed by Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, the health ministry says. At least 580 others were injured. Israel has stationed more troops and tanks near Gaza and has approved mobilizing 9,000 more reservist troops.
BREAKING: The U.S. blocked a UN Security Council statement demanding a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, reports @AFP . It is the third time the U.S. has blocked a resolution. Israeli airstrikes have killed about 200 Palestinians in Gaza including 58 children.
I stand with the Palestinian people. My heart aches for the families who have lost loved ones. We can not stand as silent witnesses to children being orphaned and murdered and not demand for the human rights of all Palestinians! This must end. Free Palestine.