Iraq’s Displaced Yazidis Hunker Down As Northern Winter Bites – Yahoo News

Most of the 500,000 displaced people in Dohuk live in tent camps or are scattered in hotels, flats, schools and unfinished buildings, depending on what they can afford. View gallery Iraqi Yazidi children who fled Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the northern town of Sinjar play in t When the Yazidis fled up Mount Sinjar to escape IS in August, they suffered through blistering heat that often reached 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) in a dramatic siege that captured world attention. Temperatures now drop below freezing. The few hundred families still on the mountain live in rudimentary camps, filled mostly with women and children, because the men are fighting alongside Kurdish security forces against IS a few miles away. “Life is very hard here. When the winter started, we had nothing to wear, and very basic food,” said Hassan Hisn Semmo, sheltering from pouring rain under a tent where young men are busy making tea for a funeral gathering.
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Netanyahu says ‘incitement’ behind Palestinian’s rush-hour knife attack – Yahoo News

The stabbings recalled a string of violent attacks in October and November that were mainly centered in Jerusalem but also included the fatal Nov. 10 knifing of a soldier at a Tel Aviv train station. Those attacks ratcheted up criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from rival politicians, undermining a reputation for being tough on terrorism that had already been damaged by last summer’s Gaza war. Any upsurge in violence is likely to impact Israels March 17 election, analysts said. Though violence usually strengthens parties advocating a hard line toward the Palestinians, it could also threaten Mr. Netanyahu. Recommended: Israelis and Palestinians: A tense coexistence It weakens the prime ministers credibility, says Anshel Pfeffer, a columnist for the Haaretz newspaper. The first duty of the prime minister is to provide security. A Hamas leader, Izzat al-Risheq, a member of the militant organizations political bureau, praised the attack as heroic but did not take responsibility.
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