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IRAQ: Travel restrictions considered as cholera spreads
26 September 2007 (IRIN ), The Iraqi government will impose travel restrictions in the country if more cases of cholera are confirmed after a warning by the World Health Organization (WHO) that the disease was spreading in Iraq.
ISRAEL-OPT: Israeli incursion into West Bank refugee camp causes destruction, fear
26 September 2007 (IRIN ), Residents of the Ein Beit Alma refugee camp began to pick up the pieces after an intense Israeli military incursion last week left dozens homeless, and many very frightened, especially children. The fighting with Palestinian militants also caused damage to sewer systems, residents said.
SYRIA: Oil price rises could provoke unrest
25 September 2007 (IRIN ), Over 40 years of subsidising fuel and other vital commodities have benefited the rich more than the poor, encouraged smuggling and cost the state more than it can afford, say Syrian government officials.
IRAQ: Polluted Shat al-Arab threatens life, could spread diseases
25 September 2007 (IRIN ), High rates of contamination in Iraq's Shat al-Arab river, formed by the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris in the southern province of Basra, threaten life and could spread disease, a specialist told IRIN on 24 September.
IRAQ: Nadia Abdel-Qudoos, Iraq, “Sectarian violence is forcing me to choose my friends”
25 September 2007 (IRIN ), Shia militias from Kadhimiyah, the Baghdad neighbourhood in which I live, came to my house a couple of months ago and told my family that if I didn’t keep away from my Sunni and Christian colleagues in college, we were going to pay the price of what they called `betrayal’
YEMEN: People struggling with drought on Socotra island
25 September 2007 (IRIN ), Socotra, a small group of Yemeni islands in the Indian Ocean close to the Horn of Africa - and in broad bio-geographical terms closely linked with Africa - has been hit by a severe drought. It started about two months ago, causing a water shortage and the deaths of hundreds of animals, say government officials.
ISRAEL: Migrant workers' toddlers suffer in makeshift Tel Aviv kindergartens
24 September 2007 (IRIN ), Hundreds of toddlers, children of undocumented migrant workers in Israel, are suffering severe physical and mental hardship in squalid informal day care centres in Tel Aviv, a government-funded body, Mesilah, said.
IRAQ-PAKISTAN: Iraqi refugees in limbo awaiting third country resettlement
24 September 2007 (IRIN ), According to the UNHCR, there are over 150 Iraqi refugees in Pakistan today most of whom arrived after the 1991 Gulf war. Scattered in urban areas throughout Pakistan, their plight is now largely ignored by the world’s media, which understandably focuses more on the over two million Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East.
IRAQ: Several local NGOs close down in Mosul
24 September 2007 (IRIN ), At least five local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have recently closed their offices in Mosul, 390km north of Baghdad, as a result of increased violence against aid workers and volunteers, according to sources within the NGO community.
IRAQ: IDPs in Baghdad suburb stage protest, demand protection
24 September 2007 (IRIN ), Nearly 400 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Baghdad's southern district of Saydiyah took to the streets on 23 September, demanding government protection to enable them to return to their homes.

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