A bomb attack has targeted a Kurdish refugee camp in Makhmur, southwest of Erbil, on Wednesday evening. The explosion damaged parts of the camp and resulted in a “large number” of casualties according to the mayor of Makhmur. Three people have been killed and seven injured, according to initial reports.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has condemned the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, amid growing international criticism of the move. In a statement, the Gulf kingdom said President Donald Trump’s announcement was “unjustified and irresponsible”. But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as “a historic day”.
Lastly, Time magazine has named “the Silence Breakers” – women and men who spoke out against sexual abuse and harassment – as its “Person of the Year”. The movement is most closely associated with the #MeToo hashtag which sprung up as allegations emerged against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and encouraged individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – to came forward to tell their own stories.