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07
AUG

Tensions Between Israel and Iran Mount Following Strikes in Syria

Tensions between Israel and Iran have been rising quickly in recent days as Israeli forces face off with Iranian-backed militants across the Jewish state’s borders with Lebanon and Syria. This week, those tensions spiked further when several fighters – including militants – were killed when unidentified warplanes attacked a Syrian base near the Iraqi border. Linda Gradstein reports for VOA from Jerusalem.VIDEOGRAPHER: Ricki RosenPRODUCER: Kimberly Weeks
04
AUG

As Economy Implodes, Lebanese Struggle to Put Food on the Table

Lebanon, for years was seen as a model of both economic progress and resilience in the Middle East, but mismanagement and corruption have led to prolonged protests and economic collapse.  Now, the Lebanese currency has lost most of its value and an estimated 70 percent of its people need aid.  The Lebanese are struggling to make ends meet as their salaries become worthless, and the banks are enforcing capital controls — making it hard for people to withdraw their savings.  From Lebanon for VOA, Anchal Vohra has this report.Camera: Tilo Gummel 
Producer: Rod James  
29
JUL

West Bank COVID Cases Rising and Health System Faltering

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing daily in the Palestinian West Bank, with the city of Hebron emerging as the virus epicenter. The health and economic crisis have worsened after the Palestinian Authority cut off ties with Israel, in protest of Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The World Bank this week announced a $30- million grant for emergency aid to the West Bank and to create more jobs. Linda Gradstein reports for VOA from Jerusalem.Camera: Ricki Rosen   Produced by: Rob Raffaele
29
JUL

Syrian Activist: 'They are Using Food as Weapon of War'

Millions of Syrians have been internally displaced because of the years-long conflict, many trapped in the northern part of the country where they have been isolated by the fighting and rely almost entirely food aid to stay alive. Now the coronavirus has spread into the region and earlier this month the United Nations voted to stop using one of just two international borders open for aid. Activists say food and medical supplies for civilians are now being used as a weapon of war. VOA’s Heather Murdock has this report from Istanbul with exclusive video and interviews from Idlib, Syria.
28
JUL

Syrian Refugees Learn Urban Farming

Years of conflict in Syria created millions of refugees in one of the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian crises.  Refugees live in crowded camps with limited access to food or land to grow crops.  VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports on a camp in Jordan where experts teach Syrian refugees how to farm in tight spaces.Produced by: Arash Arabasadi
23
JUL

Tensions at Checkpoint Over Flag Impedes Anti-IS Effort in Iraq

Kurdish forces say a planned joint counterterrorism raid with Iraqi forces against Islamic State militants was called off following a flag brawl with their Iraqi counterparts at a checkpoint in the north.  VOA’s Dilshad Anwar reports from the region in this story narrated by Namo Abdulla.Produced by: Nawid Orokzai
23
JUL

Needy Iraqis Get Helping Hand From Charity Groups

After the outbreak of coronavirus in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the regional government ordered lockdowns across the region and is asking everybody to stay at home. While the lockdown is impacting thousands, some people who used to depend on daily incomes are facing serious challenges providing food for their families. VOA’s Rebaz Majeed reports.Camera: Rebaz Majeed
23
JUL

Protesters in Israel Target PM’s Handling of Pandemic

As Israel battles a second wave of COVID-19, protests against the government’s alleged mismanagement of the crisis are gaining strength. Tens of thousands of young Israelis are taking to the streets, many demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resign. Linda Gradstein has more from Jerusalem.PRODUCER: Jason Godman
10
JUL

Funeral for Muslim Sect’s Spiritual Leader Draws Thousands to Sulaymaniyah

Thousands of Sufi mourners attended the funeral of their spiritual leader, Sheikh Mohammad al-Kasnazani, Friday in Iraq’s northeastern city of Sulaymaniyah. Among the mourners were more than 500 Iranian Kurdish Sufis who forced their way through the Iran-Iraq border to participate in the funeral rituals. VOA’s Rebaz Majeed attended the funeral and filed this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.
Camera: Rebaz Majeed
Produced by: Bezhan Hamdard
09
JUL

How an Ancient Garment Has Survived and Thrived

The caftan is perhaps one of the most traditional and enduring garments in fashion history. It is believed to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia and has evolved and been adapted by a great many cultures over thousands of years. Today, the iconic outfit still enjoys universal appeal, and in fact has recently had a surprising resurgence, according to fashion experts. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more.
24
JUN

When Home is Not an Option: African Refugees in Yemen

Roughly 280,000 refugees from Africa live in Yemen, and they are among the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world. Aid organizations say during this pandemic, international resources to support them have dwindled to almost nothing. And families say they are barely surviving, choosing to potentially expose themselves to the virus rather than to starve. Heather Murdock reports from Istanbul with Naseh Shaker in Sanaa, Yemen.Camera: Naseh Shaker    Produced by: Jon Spier
24
JUN

Jewish Settlers Divided on Israeli West Bank Annexation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he intends to impose Israeli sovereignty on more than 130 Jewish settlements, as laid out in President Trump’s Deal of the Century, the U.S. administration’s peace plan. Palestinians strongly oppose the plan, and while most Jewish settlers support it, some settlers worry it could lead to a Palestinian state in the part of the West Bank that is not annexed. For VOA, Linda Gradstein reports from the West Bank Jewish settlement of Efrat near Bethlehem, where opinions are divided.Camera: Ricki Rosen    

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