Three Major War Zones In The World Eclipsed By Israel-Gaza Conflict

by
Fatimah Mazhar
July 23, 2014: Has the world forgotten about these three war zones?

There are other conflict zones around the world that desperately need our attention but we can bet you haven’t been hearing much about them on the news lately.

While the international media has its eyes glued to the horrifying battle between Israel and Hamas militants, Syria, Libya and Nigeria are struggling with terrorism too.

Syria:

Syria experienced the bloodiest two days of fighting in the course of its three-year-old civil war this week.

More than 700 people were reportedly killed in fighting between the government forces and rebels loyal to the radical Islamic State (IS) or (ISIS/ISIL).

The death toll is higher than that of the 15-day-old Gaza conflict that has dominated mainstream news.

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The clashes erupted after IS militants captured the Sha'ar gas field east of Homs in central Syria – which sources say is a strategy of the terrorist organization to “make multi-million dollar profits from illegal oil trade.”

"We have confirmed reports showing that the Islamic State is shipping crude from Najma oilfield in Mosul into Syria to smuggle it to one of Syria's neighbors," Husham al-Brefkani, head of Mosul provincial council's energy committee told Reuters.

Syria remained in the news almost all of last year because of the horrific chemical attacks and clashes between President Bashar al Assad forces and rebel groups. Yet, the deadliest two days, were not as widely reported as all eyes were on Gaza.

Libya:

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In the past week, the death toll in Libya has risen to 47, leaving 120 others injured, as the country’s main airport remains closed since last Monday.

It all began on July 13, when the worst clashes erupted in the Libyan capital for six months.

“The fighting was part of growing turmoil in the North African oil producer, where the government is unable to control battle-hardened militias that helped to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but continue to defy state authority,” Reuters reported.

Following more attacks and clashes, 90 percent of the planes parked there were reportedly damaged and thousands of residents were forced to leave their homes.

Almost three years after ousting tyrant Col. Muammar Gaddafi - who ruled for more than four decades - Libya remains unstable as far as local politics and security of the state goes.

Proliferation of arms, Islamic insurgency, sectarian violence and lawlessness remain prevalent in the aftermath of the Arab Spring – a revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests and civil wars in the Arab world that began in December 2010.

The Tripoli Airport is used by almost 3 million passengers per year. Around 13 international airlines fly to major cities like London, Cairo, Amman, Dubai and Tunis via Libya’s most important airfield.

Here’s a video of one of the attacks:

Nigeria:

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Remember Boko Haram – the militant group based in Nigeria that claimed responsibility for the mass abduction of the girls in June?

Unfortunately, latest reports confirm that the terrorist organization is moving unopposed across the country, carrying out massacres and more kidnappings.

On Monday, a massive assault by Boko Haram in the northeast Nigerian town of Damboa displaced more than 15,000 people.

On July 15, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that the Islamist insurgents killed at least 2,053 civilians in an estimated 95 attacks during the first half of 2014.

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“Boko Haram is effectively waging war on the people of northeastern Nigeria at a staggering human cost,” said Corinne Dufka, West Africa director at HRW.

“Atrocities committed as part of a widespread attack on civilians are crimes against humanity, for which those responsible need to be held to account.”

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