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Lebanon has begun organizing return trips for migrant workers wishing to return to their countries of origin amid a biting economic crisis exacerbated by harsh lockdown measures.

Conflict and disaster forced more than 33 million people to flee within their own countries last year, putting them at greater risk amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

The New Arab

Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of coronavirus this week

Violet Organization: The Syrian NGO battling coronavirus in Idlib

Danya Hajjaji

Violet Organization: The Syrian NGO battling coronavirus in Idlib

The New Arab's series 'Together Against Coronavirus' looks at how NGOs in the Middle East and beyond are tackling Covid-19.

Lebanon repatriates nationals in rare flights despite virus

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Lebanon repatriates nationals in rare flights despite virus

Lebano started repatriating nationals who were stranded abroad in its first flights in weeks since it closed its international airport to stem ...

The New Arab

Italy must end cooperation with Libya's 'abusive' migrant detention

The rights group says Italy's changes to a 2017 agreement with Libya that facilitates the forced returns and abusive treatment of migrants are not sufficient.

The New Arab & agencies

'Mercy flights' take Yemeni patients to Jordan for treatment

The Friday 'mercy flight' is due to evacuate 24 critically ill Yemenis from the rebel-held capital.

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Yemeni students stranded in 'apocalyptic' Wuhan

This week we focus on the Yemenis who are stranded in the coronavirus epicentre city Wuhan and the United Nation's mercy flights in Sanaa.

Sam Hamad

In Idlib, Assad's war machine has a lethal message

Comment: Make no mistake, ethnic cleansing is both the aim and the effect of Assad-Iran-Russia's war effort, writes Sam Hamad.

Yemeni children evacuated in first UN 'mercy flight'

The New Arab & agencies

Yemeni children evacuated in first UN 'mercy flight'

The launch of the 'air bridge' is a rare bright spot in Yemen, and a possible step towards reopening Sanaa airport.

The New Arab & agencies

Filipino Catholics pray for Mideast peace in huge gathering

This year, widespread fears over the conflict between the US and Iran were highlighted during the Philippine's day long procession of the wooden ...

Asian expat workers to be evacuated from Iran

The New Arab & agencies

Asian expat workers to be evacuated from Iran

Philippines, India and South Korea are just some of the countries preparing to evacuate their citizens from Iraq and Iran amidst increasing ...

Syria Weekly: Maarat Al-Numan evacuation brings new dangers

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Maarat Al-Numan evacuation brings new dangers

Aid workers braved Russian air strikes and regime fire to race down the highway to southern Idlib for one of the biggest evacuations ...

Around 200 displaced Syrians leave overcrowded al-Hol refugee camp

The New Arab

Around 200 displaced Syrians leave overcrowded al-Hol refugee camp

A Kurdish official said around 200 people were leaving the camp on Sunday, to head back to their villages in the eastern province of Deir ...

Twitter accounts push propaganda photos of Turkish soldiers

The New Arab & agencies

Twitter accounts push propaganda photos of Turkish soldiers

A misinformation monitor has said pro-Turkish accounts, largely based in Pakistan, launched a propaganda campaign to bolster support for ...

The New Arab & agencies

UN to help evacuate ‘abysmal’ regime-besieged Syrian refugee camp

The United Nations has said that it will help evacuate civilians from the 'abysmal' Rukban refugee camp in the Syrian desert, which is besieged by regime and Russian forces.

Stasa Salacanin

Drinking water a major conflict deterrence factor in Gulf

Large parts of the population in Gulf countries are dependent on desalination for their drinking water, but high tensions in the region openly ...

Alessandra Bajec

Tripoli battle leaves migrants and refugees at risk again

Scores of migrants and refugees are at serious risk while locked in detention centres as well as trapped by fighting around Tripoli since Haftar ...

The New Arab & agencies

UN evacuates refugees from war-torn Libya to Niger

The UN said on Friday it had evacuated 163 refugees from war-ravaged Libya to neighbouring Niger, but more than 3,000 others were still trapped ...

Iran orders new <em>evacuations</em> amid fresh flood fears

The New Arab & agencies

Iran orders new evacuations amid fresh flood fears

Six cities alongside Karkheh river in southwestern Iran "must be evacuated as soon as possible," Khuzestan governor Gholamreza Shariati told ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iran FM accuses US of 'economic terrorism'

Zarif accused US sanctions of harming aid efforts after floods in Iran.

SDF evacuate women and children from Baghouz

The New Arab

SDF evacuate women and children from Baghouz

Syrian Democratic Forces were seen evacuating women and children in trailer trucks in Baghouz on Wednesday, as the battle to recapture the town ...

'Thousands' still inside last IS pocket as bombardment continues

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'Thousands' still inside last IS pocket as bombardment continues

Thousands of civilians remain inside the town of Baghouz as bombardment to oust IS from the area continues.

Hundreds more IS fighters stream out of Syria enclave

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Hundreds more IS fighters stream out of Syria enclave

The Syrian Democratic Forces leading the assault on Baghouz expect more fighters to surrender with their families in tow before moving deeper in ...

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