Violence against Afghan civilians surges since peace talks began

US-brokered negotiations began in September but progress has since slowed and violence has risen sharply. Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have escalated sharply since peace talks between the government and the Taliban armed group began last year, the United Nations says in a report calling for a ceasefire as negotiators met for the first time after […]

Thirteen Turkish civilians killed as anti-PKK operation ends

Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq killed 13 Turkish civilians as military operations against the group began last week, Turkey’s military chief has said. Turkish forces completed a military operation in the area with 48 Kurdish fighters and three Turkish soldiers killed during three days of clashes, according to Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar. In […]

‘Indiscriminate’ shelling killed many civilians in Tigray: HRW

Ethiopian forces ‘struck homes, hospitals, schools and markets’ in the first weeks of the war, according to the HRW report. Ethiopian forces shelled heavily populated areas in the first weeks of the conflict in the Tigray region, killing at least 83 civilians and displacing thousands, Human Rights Watch has said. Artillery attacks by forces backing […]

Taliban says US ‘bombarding civilians, houses’ in deal violation

The statement comes a day after Pentagon said Taliban has failed to meet its side of the peace agreement signed last year. The Taliban has accused the United States of violating a landmark deal signed between the two sides, after the Pentagon said the group had failed to meet its side of the agreement. “The […]

Five civilians killed in Algeria roadside bomb blast

Three others were wounded in the region of Tebessa, Algeria’s ministry of defence said in a statement. Five civilians were killed and three wounded in a roadside bomb attack in eastern Algeria, the defence ministry said, the deadliest attack targeting civilians in recent years. The bomb went off as a car drove by in the […]

Over 80 civilians killed in latest west Ethiopia attack

Age of victims of attack in Metekel zone in Benishangul-Gumuz region ranged between two and 45, says Ethiopian Human Rights Commission. More than 80 civilians, including children as young as two years old, have been killed in the latest attack to afflict western Ethiopia, according to the country’s national human rights commission. Aaron Maasho, spokesman […]

Afghanistan probes Nimroz air raid that killed civilians

More than a dozen people died on Saturday night when a rocket struck a house in Khashrod district of Nimroz province. Afghan authorities have said they are investigating a weekend air raid which local officials say killed more than a dozen civilians, including children. Provincial officials said 15 people died on Saturday night when a […]

Civilians killed in Afghan gov’t air raid, say local officials

An air raid by Afghan forces in the country’s southwestern Nimroz province killed several civilians, according to local officials and witnesses. The exact number of casualties in the incident late on Saturday was not immediately clear. Provincial councillor Baz Mohammad Nasir told the dpa news agency on Sunday the air raid in Khashrud district had left […]

Children among civilians killed in northern Cameroon attack

A dozen people from a village in northern Cameroon killed in attack blamed on Boko Haram. At least a dozen civilians, including eight children, were killed in a village in northern Cameroon on Friday when a female suicide bomber blew herself up in an armed attack blamed on Boko Haram. Mahamat Chetima Abba, the traditional chief […]

At least 22 civilians killed in rebel attack in eastern DRC

At least 22 civilians have been killed in a rebel attack on a village in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to local officials. The violence in Mwenda village of the Beni territory was perpetrated by the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Donat Kibwana, the administrator […]

Scores of Civilians Are Dead After an Attack in Niger

NIAMEY, Niger — At least 70 people and possibly more than 100 were killed by suspected militants in the West African nation of Niger on Saturday, according to local officials. Armed men shot men and boys in a revenge attack on the villages of Tchoma Bangou and Zaroumadareye, sources in the Nigerien military said. The […]

Dozens of civilians killed in Niger gun attacks

Interior Minister Alkache Alhada says the attack took place in the villages of Tchombangou and Zaroumdareye, near the border with Mali. Gunmen have killed dozens of civilians and wounded several more in attacks on two villages in western Niger, near the border with Mali, according to a senior official. Interior Minister Alkache Alhada told the […]

Indian officer accused of planting weapons on Kashmir civilians

The Indian army admitted in September that three labourers were killed in staged gun battle after public outcry. Indian police on Sunday accused an army officer and two associates of planting weapons on the bodies of three labourers killed in Kashmir to make it look as though they were armed fighters in a staged gun […]

Civilians flee Ain Issa, northeast Syria as clashes escalate

At least 9,500 people have fled their homes in Ain Issa, northeast Syria, following an escalation in clashes between the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (TSNA) and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in mid-December. The SDF – the military forces of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), also known as Rojava – […]

Yemen: Eight civilians killed in Hodeidah shelling

Government official blames Houthi fighters for attack on an industrial compound in Yemen’s strategic port city of Hodeidah. At least eight people have been killed in shelling of an industrial compound in Yemen’s strategic port of Hodeidah, according to the government which blamed Houthi rebels for the attack. Yemeni Information Minister Moammar al-Eryani condemned the […]

Ethiopia: PM Abiy rejects claims army killed civilians in Tigray

Abiy Ahmed also told Parliament army would not destroy Tigrayan capital Mekelle after capturing it recently. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said federal troops had not killed a single civilian in their nearly month-long offensive against regional forces in Tigray. Abiy also assured Parliament on Monday that the army would not destroy Mekelle, capital of […]

At least 110 civilians killed in ‘gruesome’ Nigeria massacre

Farmers harvesting crops in Borno state attacked by armed men on motorcycles, in the ‘most violent direct’ assault against civilians this year, UN says. A “gruesome” massacre against farmers in northeastern Nigeria killed at least 110 people, the United Nations has said, raising tolls initially indicating 43 and then at least 70 dead. The killings […]

US mulls Houthi ‘terror’ label as groups say civilians to suffer #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

United States lawmakers, international aid groups and rights advocates are warning the outgoing Trump administration against reported plans to label Yemen’s Houthi rebel group a “foreign terrorist organisation”, saying it would worsen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Citing unnamed US officials, Foreign Policy first said this week that the US State Department was considering the […]