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Police forced dozens of migrants, most Afghan asylum-seekers, who had been camped out on the main square of Lesvos island’s capital since last week, onto buses and transported them to the Moria camp in the early hours of Monday after downtown Mytilini turned into a battleground on April 22.

The operation was intended to end clashes that raged all night in the center of the eastern Aegean island’s capital after a group of some 200 men chanting far-right slogans attacked the migrants...

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the overnight raids targeted Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and a small enclave south of the capital Damascus under the control of militants.

The Syrian regime forces bombarded militants in the last area outside regime control near Damascus overnight,  a war monitor said on Friday, as Bashar al Assad accelerated his push to retake remaining enclaves.

Air strikes and shelling hit the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and Al Hajar al...

Austria’s government is proposing to make it harder for refugees to become citizens, confiscate asylum seekers’ cash to pay for their upkeep and even seize their mobile phones to see where they came from.

The measures were included in a bill approved by the cabinet, as the coalition government of conservatives and the far right clamps down on the country’s migrants.

“We have very deliberately set ourselves the goal of fighting against illegal migration but also against the...

A growing number of Syrian refugees in Germany are seeking to return to Turkey as new German legislation introduced new barriers to family reunification, local media reported on Thursday.

The German government recently imposed stricter measures to curb family reunification for Syrian refugees, many of whom were granted “subsidiary protection.”

Public television ARD reported that its correspondents documented the journey of several Syrian refugees who sought to return to Turkey...

Israeli forces using live bullets against Palestinian demonstrators have caused the death of 33 people since March 30, Palestinian officials said.

In a statement, Ashraf al-Qidra, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman, also confirmed the death of Abdullah Mohammad ash-Shari, 28, who was injured by a live bullet during a peaceful demonstration on the border of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian authorities reported that 33 people have been martyred since the mass demonstration...

Seven Italian charities have accused French border police of falsifying the birth dates of migrant children travelling alone in an attempt to pass them off as adults and send them back to Italy.

In an appeal to the European commission and Italy’s interior ministry, the charities highlighted evidence of two cases in which birth dates appeared to have been modified on “refusal of entry” documents.

One of the alleged incidents happened in March when charity staff were monitoring...

Israeli occupation forces used “strange” and “unknown” gases against unarmed, peaceful protesters in Gaza, Quds Press reported the central commission for documentation and pursuit of Israeli war criminals –Tawtheeq saying.

Head of the commission Imad Al-Baz told Quds Press that Israel used strange gases against the protesters for the first time last Friday as Palestinians continued their peaceful activities as part of the Great March of Return.

The gases caused protesters’...

UN human rights experts urged the French government to do more to provide safe drinking water, sanitation services and emergency shelter for migrants and asylum-seekers in Calais and other areas along the coast of France.

The migrants and asylum seekers are also in Grande-Synthe, Tatinghem, and Dieppe along the northern French coast.

"Migrants and asylum-seekers along the northern French coast, including those not admitted to the sports center in Grande-Synthe, are facing an...

The Hungarian government has dug out a controversial photo used by Britain’s anti-immigrant UK Independence Party, and reused it to campaign for it own anti-immigration policy.

UKIP’s ‘Breaking Point’ poster was released shortly before the Brexit referendum calling on voters to leave the EU over its immigration policy. It drew widespread condemnation from politicians and was the subject of complaints to the police, saying it was inciting hatred.

The poster featured the photo...

A total of 350 Palestinian minors are currently languishing in Israeli jails, according to two Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations.

Eight girls were among those held in Israeli prisons, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a joint statement.

According to the statement, six children were being held at Israeli juvenile centers. 

The statement was issued on the occasion of the Palestinian Children’s Day,...

Hundreds of people in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv in April 1, protested Israeli forces' violence against Palestinian civilians in March 30, according to Israeli radio, as violence on the Gaza border continues.

The mostly leftist Israeli protesters chanted slogans against the Israeli army and called for an end to the violence on Palestinian civilians as well as a political solution and resumption of the peace process.

Meanwhile, 11 more Palestinians were injured by Israeli...

Israel’s defense minister rejected on April 1, calls for an inquiry into the killing of 17 Palestinians by the military during a Palestinian demonstration that turned violent in 31 March, at the Gaza-Israel border.

Hamas, the dominant Palestinian group in Gaza, said five of the dead were members of its armed wing. Israel said eight of the 15 belonged to Hamas, designated a terrorist group by Israel and the West, and two others came from other militant factions.

A tense calm...

Eight Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and dozens more injured since early 30 Mart morning, as thousands of Gazans took to the borders with Israel as part of “The Great March of Return” taking place across the besieged coastal enclave to mark the 42nd Land Day.

In 1976,Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel as they were protesting the Israeli government's expropriation of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land. Since then, Palestinians have...

Germany's new interior minister, Horst Seehofer, wants to open the first so-called "anchor center" in the autumn.

Many migrants are to be housed there from arrival to deportation. But police are skeptical.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is pressing ahead with his "masterplan" to speed up deportations of asylum seekers and refugees and streamline asylum procedures.

Deputy Minister Stephan Mayer told German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung that opening a so-called "anchor...

 26-year old Syrian man set himself on fire at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, in one of the most serious incidents involving stranded migrants in many months.

The man was slightly burned and was treated at a local hospital, an official said. Local media said the incident took place outside an asylum office at Moria camp, which is a former military base set on a hilltop.

Conditions there are poor.

More than 60,000 refugees and migrants, most from Syria,...