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SYRIA: UNHCR presses for “humanitarian visas” as Syria closes border to Iraqis
2 October 2007 (IRIN ), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is continuing to push for “humanitarian visas” for Iraqi refugees after Syria once again closed its borders to the continuing influx of refugees fleeing Iraq. UNHCR witnesses at the Syria-Iraqi Al-Tanf border crossing on 1 October reported that entry was closed to refugees, with “only commercial drivers receiving visas”.
LEBANON: International tug of war complicating Lebanon’s election outcome
1 October 2007 (IRIN ), Lebanon's tussling factions are headed for a stalemate, settlement, or war, and international actors as much as local ones will decide which, analysts say. The presidential vote which was to be held on 25 September was deferred until 23 October after lawmakers failed to find a consensus candidate.
JORDAN: Some Iraqi refugees resort to begging
1 October 2007 (IRIN ), Ali Abdul Rahman, a 12-year-old Iraqi immigrant, joins an army of Jordanian beggars as they throng the vibrant streets of Amman in their tattered clothes, seeking a handout during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
YEMEN-HORN OF AFRICA: Worries over increasing African exodus to Yemen
1 October 2007 (IRIN ), The Somali consulate in Yemen’s southern province of Aden has said it is worried about the increasing number of smugglers’ boats being used to ferry African migrants, mostly Somalis, from the Horn of Africa to Yemen. It also expressed concern about the deaths of Somalis and the squalid conditions in which survivors live.
GLOBAL: Hostages to governance: life for the city-bound poor
1 October 2007 (IRIN ), “Near my house, the water we use for bathing, household cleaning, food preparation, dishwashing and sewage ends up in a pond of stagnant water. This is where my children play and swim. It is their playground,” says a woman living in an informal settlement in Bangkok.
IRAQ: Closure of Iranian border affects Kurdistan region’s economy
30 September 2007 (IRIN ), Aid agencies in the northern semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan have said the continuing closure of Iraq’s border with Iran will not hamper their work as they do not use the Iranian border for getting supplies.
OPT: Dozens of Palestinians sift through rubbish tips to survive
30 September 2007 (IRIN ), For some West Bank Palestinians rubbish has become not only a livelihood but the only method of survival they know. Many dozens of Palestinians across the territory, including children, work at landfill sites, trying to earn a meagre living.
IRAQ: Khitam Bahir, Iraq, “I no longer recognise my insurgent son”
27 September 2007 (IRIN ), I no longer recognise my son since he turned into an insurgent. He used to be a very popular, easy-going and modern person but now he has changed completely. He has decided to fight US-troops, even if he is killed.
YEMEN: Rebellion in north causing psychological problems, say aid workers
27 September 2007 (IRIN ), Aid workers in Yemen say they are working to assist residents in the northern province of Saada who have developed psychological problems in the aftermath of clashes between government forces and supporters of rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi.
IRAQ: Compensation for damaged property inadequate, say Diyala residents
26 September 2007 (IRIN ), Residents of Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad and adjacent to the Iranian border, say the payments they will get from the Iraqi government are insufficient compensation for the damage caused to their property by US and Iraqi forces in recent military operations.

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