The Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans asked the International Community to intervene immediately in bringing help to the Christian and Yezidi refugees in Iraq and to liberate the villages occupied by the Islamic State, according to a press release issued on Sunday

Members of an ethnic Yezidi family sleep in the shade in Shekhadi village, Iraq, after fleeing Sinjar. Photo: UNHCR/N. Colt

A humanitarian crisis is under way in Iraq with thousands of civilians fleeing from their homes with nothing, because of the attacks against religious minorities by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken control of great areas in the north. According to the UN over the last 48 hours 200,000 civilians have fled the advance of ISIL.

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Smoke and flames rise from Gaza's electricity distribution company plant after it was hit by Israeli strikes in the Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan

When I wrote the post “Back to the worst” I couldn’t imagine the situation in Gaza would be so bloody as it has been and it continues being. In just 25 days, 1,499 Palestinians were killed, most of them civilians, and there are 7,000 wounded. The Israeli army have attacked a UN shelter, adducing that nearby there were militants launching an attack against them. So the UN blue banner is not longer a safe haven for the 200,000 internal displaced people trapped in the strip.

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Photo: Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA

More than 530 Palestinians, mostly civilians, is the provisional death toll of the Israeli offensive on Gaza while Hamas rocket attacks have claimed the lives of 20 Israelis (18 soldiers and 2 civilians). There are already at least 84,000 displaced people in Gaza.

The Ukrainian conflict has left 298 international civilian victims in one tragic instant with the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner close to the border with Russia. Now the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Canada and New Zealand are mourning innocent victims of the Ukrainian crisis.