While the gaze of the world's media has been focused on Gaza for the past month, the Islamic State, formerly known as Isis, has continued to advance its stranglehold on large swathes of Iraq, Syria, and even on the Lebanese border.
Between 10,000 and 40,000 people from the Yazidi minority (above) are thought to be stranded on the barren Mount Sinjar, dying from thirst and surrounded by Isis militants.
The ethno-religious group, linked to the Kurds, are thought to have lived in the area for centuries but are considered by the Islamic State to be "devil worshippers and apostates", according to the Washington Post.
There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.
- Marzio Babille, Unicef
Christians have had to flee their homes in the northern city of Mosul, where they have lived for 1,600 years, after being told by Isis to convert to Islam or be killed.
Other groups, such as the Shabak and Shia Turkmen are also facing severe persecution under the Sunni extremism practised by Isis.
Isis have also clashed with Kurdish forces for power of Mosul Dam, the biggest in Iraq - which in turn would allow the militants to control water supplies for large swathes of the country.
Isis militants captured and beheaded three tribesmen who took up arms against them in Deir ez-Zor in the east of the country, according to UK-based Syrian Observatory for human rights.
Civil war continues to rage on and it is believed Isis is now in control of 35 per cent of the country.
After reports of civilian executions, government soldiers taken hostage, and at least 12 civilians confirmed dead, Lebanese soldiers managed to surround the town on Wednesday and evacuate refugees, according to Reuters.
The Saudi government has also issued a $1bn aid payment to Lebanon in a bid to stop Isis' advance making an severe impact on a third country in the Middle East, according to the Associated Press.