Week ending 1 July 2018

GREECE – According to a new study which was carried out by the Geochoros research team at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), 69 percent of respondents are concerned about becoming the victim of a burglary, mugging or other crime in the Greek capital. Asked whether they believed there had been a spike in crime in their neighborhood in the past two years, nearly 4 in 10 said yes.

Greece’s economy is still reeling from the government-debt crisis which began in late 2009, leading to impoverishment and loss of income and property, as well as a small-scale humanitarian crisis.

ISRAEL/GAZA – Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians, one in his early teens, in clashes at the Israel-Gaza border Friday, the Gaza health ministry said. Some protestors were seeking to breach or damage the border fence. It is claimed Hamas, the ruling party of Gaza, encourages Palestinians to go to the border fence and wage “jihad”.

YEMEN – Aid agencies warned this week that disruption caused by the battle continuing around the vital supply port of Hodeidah could trigger another cholera epidemic in Yemen. The situation is already dire for the millions in the country now dependent on imported aid, in what has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis on earth presently.

NIGERIA – Muslim Fulani herdsmen massacred 120 Christians in central Nigeria last weekend. Most of the Christians were returning from the funeral of the father of a local Christian clergyman. For some years now in certain parts of Nigeria, militant Fulani herdsmen have been using violence to take land from Christians.

YEMEN – At least 9 citizens were killed in a Saudi-led aerial strike that targeted a bus carrying displaced citizens in the Hodeidah area, according to state media outlet Almasirah. The strike targeted the bus on a road between the towns of Aljarahi and Zbaid. At least 11 others were injured. On Monday, Saudi-led strikes targeted a residential area in the city of Amran, killing nine citizens also, most of them women and children.

TURKEY – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared absolute victory in the snap presidential elections which took place on Sunday. He told proclaimed to a crowd of supporters in Ankara the same day, “The Head of the High Commission of Elections has just announced that the winner of this election with the absolute majority is Erdogan.”

Turkey’s electoral board has not yet announced the official results. (See previous report).

NIGERIA – 86 people were killed in an attack by suspected nomadic herders against farming communities in the center of the country. The deaths are suspected to be fueled by ethnic, religious and political motivations which have killed thousands over several decades. (See previous report).