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IRAQ: Expired reagents blamed for erroneous Rift Valley Fever results
15 October 2007 (IRIN ), The reagents used for testing for Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in Nassiriyah, a town about 300km south of Baghdad, had expired, local authorities said on 14 October.
IRAQ: Some families returning to Diyalah Province but lack supplies
14 October 2007 (IRIN ), Some families have started returning to Diyalah Province in eastern-central Iraq after US troops ended operations against al-Qaeda fighters there on 8 October. However, most residents lack basic essentials, including food.
ISRAEL-SYRIA: Separation of families “priority humanitarian issue” - ICRC official
14 October 2007 (IRIN ), Some 580 women living in the occupied Golan region are disconnected from their families in Syria as they are not allowed to cross from the occupied zone to their homeland, a new women's organisation has said.
LEBANON: Palestinians return to desolate, dangerous camp
12 October 2007 (IRIN ), The first Palestinian families displaced by 15 weeks of intense fighting between the army and Islamist militants that left much of north Lebanon’s Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in ruins have begun returning home to start rebuilding their lives.
IRAQ: Rift Valley Fever diagnosed in south, say local authorities
11 October 2007 (IRIN ), Local authorities in Nassiriyah, a town about 300km south of Baghdad, have asked livestock farmers to take all necessary precautions after laboratory tests showed that some livestock had developed Rift Valley Fever (RVF).
AFRICA: First global Arms Trade Treaty would particularly benefit Africa, experts say
11 October 2007 (IRIN ), The creation of a global Arms Trade Treaty currently being debated by the United Nations’ first committee would particularly benefit Africa according to various arms control experts.
SYRIA-SUDAN: Palestinian refugees turn down Sudanese asylum offer
10 October 2007 (IRIN ), Most of the over 300 Palestinian-Iraqi refugees stranded for the past 18 months at the makeshift al-Tanf refugee camp on the Syrian side of the Iraq-Syria border have rejected an offer of asylum in Sudan.
IRAQ: Shortage of safe water in Missan Province poses heath risk
9 October 2007 (IRIN ), A shortage of chemicals for water purification is adversely affecting water quality in Missan Province, a predominantly Shia region some 380km south of Baghdad, and posing a health risk as people resort to drawing water from the polluted River Tigris, according to aid agencies.
YEMEN: Saddam al-Ashmori, Yemen, “I get a panic attack whenever I walk in the street”
9 October 2007 (IRIN ), I wanted to take a good photograph of the protesters and so I stood on a nearby wall and took some photos. Minutes later, a man in civilian clothes came and grabbed my hand. Another man took hold of my other hand and then a third man started kicking my stomach. I fell to the ground.
MIDDLE EAST: Jordan, Syria adopt differing approaches to cholera threat
9 October 2007 (IRIN ), As cholera awareness posters have been going up in Baghdad, countries bordering Iraq have also taken measures to prevent an outbreak of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been advising countries in the region to boost their defences against cholera, after reports that cholera had crossed the Iraqi border into Iran.

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