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News Roundup – 13 February 2013

February 13, 2013

Yesterday, Human Rights Watch said that “[a]t least 18 Israeli airstrikes during the fighting in Gaza in November 2012 were in apparent violation of the laws of war”. It said that its investigations into part of the airstrikes indicated “14 strikes by aerial drones or other aircraft for which there was no indication of a legitimate military target at the site at the time of the attack.” In addition, 4 strikes “may have targeted Palestinian fighters, but appeared to use indiscriminate means or caused disproportionate harm to civilians”. See here for the press release

Colombian authorities: Two killed in rebel attack

UN Security Council expected to back Mali peacekeepers in 2-3 weeks, but Mali reluctant to accept UN peacekeepers

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warns of reprisal attacks in Mali

Boko Haram attacks cripple northern Nigeria’s economy

UNHCR: Looting, empty villages found in rebel-controlled region of Central African Republic

Spain and France arrest 23 suspected Kurd rebel backers

Syrian troops bombard rebel posts around capital

IRIN: Girl child soldiers face new battles in civilian life

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