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YEMEN: Government assesses damage in Saada region
11 November 2007 (IRIN ), A government committee charged with assessing war damage in conflict-affected Saada province, in northern Yemen, said that its report has so far registered 3,375 cases of damage to public and private property in six out of Saada’s 15 districts.
IRAQ: Aid agencies struggle to support over two million displaced Iraqis
11 November 2007 (IRIN ), As violence continues to force an average of 60,000 Iraqis from their homes every month, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), aid agencies are warning that limited access to the displaced is causing a deterioration of their living conditions, and with cold winter months upon them, the situation is likely to get even worse.
ISRAEL-OPT: Court seeks reassurances on sanctions
8 November 2007 (IRIN ), Israel 's highest court on 7 November ordered the state to explain within one week how it planned to ensure that the latest sanctions imposed on Gaza, including fuel and power cuts, would not have a negative humanitarian impact.
IRAQ-JORDAN: Burying the eye to heal the mind
8 November 2007 (IRIN ), Abdullah Hussein (not his real name) could not contain his emotions when the doctor handed him his son's left eye after it was surgically removed.
YEMEN: Qat cultivation threatening water resources, specialists warn
7 November 2007 (IRIN ), Specialists and officials warn that qat cultivation poses a real threat to the country’s water resources. The National Water Resources Authority (NWRA) estimates Yemen’s total renewable freshwater resources at 2,500 million cubic metres (mcm) a year, of which 1,500mcm is surface water and 1,000mcm groundwater.
LEBANON: Iraqi refugees face prison and deportation
6 November 2007 (IRIN ), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) puts the number of Iraqi refugees in Lebanon at 50,000 people, of whom only 8,476 are registered. Another 500 are being held in prison, it says, merely for violating immigration rules.
IRAQ: Families flee homes near Turkish border
5 November 2007 (IRIN ), About 120 Iraqi families living near the Iraqi-Turkish border have been forced to abandon their homes by fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), according to the Kurdistan Campaign to Help Victims of War, an NGO, and local residents.
IRAQ: Christians seek new life in Europe
5 November 2007 (IRIN ), Members of the Iraqi Christian community in the northern cities of Mosul and Kirkuk have asked European countries to expedite their visa applications and grant them asylum, according to Christian leaders there.
IRAQ: Thousands return home as violence drops, government says
4 November 2007 (IRIN ), No major sectarian-related displacement of people has occurred over the past three months as violence between Sunnis and Shias is ebbing in this war-battered country, the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration said on 3 November.
YEMEN: Thousands of African migrants smuggled into Saudi Arabia, say community leaders
1 November 2007 (IRIN ), Zamzam Ibrahim Hassan, 26, a Somali refugee, was deported by Saudi authorities 16 months ago when she tried to enter Saudi Arabia from Yemen. She then re-entered Yemen by boat from Somalia nine months ago.

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