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April 14, 2011 – Muammar Gaddafi’s artillery battered Misrata Thursday, and aid organizations warned of an impending humanitarian disaster. Calls for more NATO airstrikes came from rebels within the city, where hundreds of civilian deaths are reported in the six-week siege. An opposition spokesperson said NATO must increase air attacks against the government’s heavy weapons to avoid “a massacre.”
With food prices up 36% in the past year, 44 million people have fallen into poverty according to the World Bank. About 1.2 billion people are now living below the extreme poverty line, which is $1.25 a day.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reports more than 2,500 people died in militant attacks last year, almost half from suicide bombings. The group reported at least 900 deaths from U.S. drone strikes in 2010.
A United Nations official confirmed 34 Iranian dissidents were killed last week at a camp in Iraq during a raid by Iraqi security forces. The dead were members of the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, a group that was offered refuge by Saddam Hussein. The commander of the raid said residents of the camp who threw stones at his troops provoked it.
Saying, “Reconciliation cannot happen without justice,” Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara told reporters that former strongman Laurent Gbagbo would face “charges,” but gave no details. Rights organizations report atrocities on both sides during the four-months of violence following November’s presidential election.