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IRAQ: Aid agencies prepare for displacement near Turkish border
22 October 2007 (IRIN ), Aid agencies working in Iraq’s northern provinces have put in place emergency supply programmes in anticipation of a threatened invasion by Turkish troops to clear Turkish-Kurdish rebels operating in the area.
SOMALIA-YEMEN: Over 3,000 Somalis living in harsh conditions, community leader says
21 October 2007 (IRIN ), Abu Bakr Hussein, 40, is one of thousands of Somalis who arrived on the shores of Yemen in October. Some, like him, sought refuge in al-Basateen, a poor neighbourhood in the southern port city of Aden. Others found their way to the Kharaz refugee camp, 150km west of Aden, which is run by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
IRAQ: Violence-related deaths drop ‘remarkably’, say authorities and UN
21 October 2007 (IRIN ), Iraqis are breathing a sigh of relief as violence in their war-torn country is ebbing and the number of violence-related victims has dropped sharply since the beginning of this year, according to statistics compiled by the country’s interior, defence and health ministries.
IRAQ: Turkish offensive would lead to humanitarian crisis, ICRC warns
18 October 2007 (IRIN ), A humanitarian crisis will accompany any large-scale Turkish military operations aimed at pursuing Turkish-Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on 17 October.
YEMEN: Land degradation threatening farmers, says senior official
18 October 2007 (IRIN ), A senior Agriculture Ministry official has said he is worried about farmers’ future livelihoods as agricultural land was at risk of degradation, but government funds were inadequate to tackle the problem and prevent creeping desertification.
JORDAN: Government to install pollution monitoring devices in big cities
18 October 2007 (IRIN ), Jordan’s Ministry of Environment is to install Internet-linked sensors in industrial and densely populated areas to monitor fuel emissions as part of a campaign to stem rising pollution levels in the kingdom.
ISRAEL-OPT: "Joyous occasion" as Palestinian villages connect to electricity grid
17 October 2007 (IRIN ), Renewed cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank allowed for what both sides described as a "joyous occasion", when this small town of about 300 Palestinian residents was connected on 16 October to the main power grid.
JORDAN: More Palestinian refugees scheduled to leave for Brazil on 18 October
17 October 2007 (IRIN ), Thirty-eight Palestinians refugees who have been living in Rweished camp near the Jordanian-Iraqi border are scheduled to fly to Brazil on 18 October for resettlement, putting an end to four years of uncertainty, an official from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on 16 October.
IRAQ: Hundreds forced to scavenge for food in garbage bins
17 October 2007 (IRIN ), Barira Mihran, a 36-year-old mother of three, scavenges every day in other people’s dustbins in Baghdad for leftovers on which to feed her children. Widowed and displaced by sectarian violence, the unemployed mother said she had no other way of providing for her children.
LEBANON: End illegal discrimination against Palestinians, says Amnesty
17 October 2007 (IRIN ), The Lebanese government’s practises against Palestinian refugees continue to breach the country’s obligations under international human rights law and should be repealed immediately, according to a report released here on 17 October by Amnesty International (AI).

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