April - Month in Review

Here's everything you need to know that happened in March, all in one place.

April - Month in Review
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Armenia 

In an ongoing case before the ICJ, Azerbaijan alleges the ethnic cleansing of Armenians in the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

As part of peace negotiations, Armenia agrees to return four border villages to Azerbaijan.

Bahrain  

His Majesty King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa / Image: MEAphotogallery (distributed via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Ahead of Muslim festivities of Eid al-Fitr and the King’s 25th year on the throne, Bahrain’s monarch pardons 1584 prisoners, including many convicted during protests for political reform.

In line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030, Bahrain’s economy reportedly grew by 2.4% in the past year, reflecting an effort toward economic diversification and expansion. 

Cyprus 

Tensions in the Middle East have caused a surge of migrants from Lebanon to Cyprus, with over 1,000 recorded to have arrived in April, leading Cyprus to suspend the processing of Syrian asylum applications.

India 

Image: MEAphotogallery (distributed via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Ahead of voting phase 3 of national elections and in an effort to increase voter turnout, Modi reinforces an aggressive anti-Muslim campaign, referring to Indian Muslims as ‘infiltrators’ and accusing them of seeking to steal wealth and undermine the majority Hindu population. The seven-phase general election is set to conclude on June 1st with results expected to be published on June 4th.

Iran 

In retaliation for Israel’s strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus killing at least 13, Iran launched the largest drone strike in the world against various cities across Israel, including over 120 ballistic missiles, 170 drones and more than 30 cruise missiles.

Malaysia 

Former PM Mahathir Mohamad is under investigation for connection to corruption charges involving his sons. 

Maldives 

Mohamed Muizzu / Image: The President's Office of the Republic of Maldives (distributed via CC BY 4.0)

Parliamentary elections see the People’s National Congress (PNC) victorious as voters support a new pro-China political approach backed by President Mohamed Muizzu.

Myanmar 

The new military conscription law encourages youth to join anti-coup rebel forces or flee the country to escape the junta.

State of Palestine 

US President Biden and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pleads for the US to intervene and stop Israel from attacking Rafah, Gaza’s bordering city where over a million people take refuge from the onslaught of Israeli attacks. Meanwhile, the Palestinian death toll rises to over 34,000, with more than 77,000 injured.

Yemen 

An estimated 424 US and British aerial strikes against Yemen caused 37 deaths and wounded over 30 people. Houthis in Yemen retaliated by targeting three Israeli vessels and a US warship in defence from Israel’s war on Gaza.