Middle East Analysis

Gaza and Mosul: Two Humanitarian Catastrophes

31/07/2014 5:16 pm

Gaza City - January 2014

Today's Middle East Analysis examines the devastating humanitarian disasters currently playing out in Gaza and Mosul.

Looking to Gaza, at the point of writing, approximately 1,360 Palestinians - the majority civilians - have been killed as a result of the conflict with Israel.

Hundreds of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel have also seen casualties - some civilian. Reports suggest around 60 Israeli deaths - at least three civilian casualties.

One thing is clear, deaths on both sides are equally tragic and we desperately pray for a ceasefire and a lasting peace for the region.

Since our last podcast, the people of Mosul in northern Iraq - particularly Christians - have had to face an ultimatum handed down by 'Islamic State', or ISIS, militants: convert to Islam, pay a tax for protection or leave the city.

Our consultant on the Middle East North Africa region, Dr Harry Hagopian discusses these sensitive events and offers his thoughts.

You can download the mp3 using the link in the top right-hand corner of this article or listen to the AudioBoo clip by using the embedded player.

Total duration: 33m 49s

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Related Links

Israel-Palestine: Einstein Revisited in Gaza
Dr Hagopian's article on the humanitarian disaster of Gaza

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Dr Harry Hagopian's website

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Dr Harry Hagopian

MP3

MEA 2014 - 8

In today's 'Middle East Analysis' the Bishops' consultant on the MENA region Dr Harry Hagopian looks at the twin humanitarian crises of Gaza and Mosul in northern Iraq.   MEA-2014-8.mp3 15.52 MB