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Al Jazeera English - News - Gaza Diary: Newborn Palestinians

Al Jazeera English - News - Gaza Diary: Newborn Palestinians: "In two weeks, my wife will bring our child into the world.
The unborn baby is happy now, nestled within its mother's womb and somewhat protected from the violence and suffering that exists in Gaza.
I am naturally worried for mother and child. When she delivered our last child, my wife developed several medical complications."

Camp Bucca, with about 20,000 inmates, is perhaps the world's largest extrajudicial internment camp.

Foreign Policy In Focus | The "Surge" of Iraqi Prisoners: "Detainees are held by the U.S. command in two main locations -- Camp Bucca, a 100-acre prison camp and Camp Cropper, inside a massive U.S. base near the Baghdad airport. The number of Iraqis held in these facilities has steadily risen since the early days of the occupation. In 2007, the inmate count rose 70% -- from 14,500 to 24,700.

Camp Bucca, with about 20,000 inmates, is perhaps the world's largest extrajudicial internment camp. The facility is organized into 'compounds' of 800 detainees each, surrounded by fences and watch towers. Most detainees live in large communal tents, subject to collapse in the area's frequent sandstorms. Water has at times been in short supply, while temperatures in the desert conditions can be scorching hot in the day and bone-chilling at night.

In October 2007, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a contract to expand Camp Bucca's capacity from 20,000 to 30,0…

Amnesty Intl: Ethiopian troops commit atrocities in Somalia

Amnesty Intl: Ethiopian troops commit atrocities in SomaliaA leading human rights group on Tuesday accused Ethiopian troops in Somalia of killing civilians and committing atrocities, including slitting people's throats, gouging out eyes and gang-raping women.

In a new report, Amnesty International detailed chilling witness accounts of indiscriminate killings in the Horn of Africa country and called on the international community to stop the bloodshed.

Ethiopia's government said the report was unbalanced and "categorically wrong."

The London-based rights group said testimony it received suggested all parties to Somalia's conflict have committed war crimes. But it singled out Ethiopian troops, who are in the country to back Somalia's U.N.-sponsored government, for some of the worst violations.

Amnesty Intl: Ethiopian troops commit atrocities in Somalia

Amnesty Intl: Ethiopian troops commit atrocities in SomaliaA leading human rights group on Tuesday accused Ethiopian troops in Somalia of killing civilians and committing atrocities, including slitting people's throats, gouging out eyes and gang-raping women.

In a new report, Amnesty International detailed chilling witness accounts of indiscriminate killings in the Horn of Africa country and called on the international community to stop the bloodshed.

Ethiopia's government said the report was unbalanced and "categorically wrong."

The London-based rights group said testimony it received suggested all parties to Somalia's conflict have committed war crimes. But it singled out Ethiopian troops, who are in the country to back Somalia's U.N.-sponsored government, for some of the worst violations.