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IRAQ-BRAZIL: First group of Palestinians arrive in Brazil from desert camp
23 September 2007 (IRIN ), The first batch of Palestinians previously living in a squalid refugee camp on the Iraqi-Jordanian border arrived in Brazil on 21 and 22 September and has been receiving medical assistance, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Justice.
IRAQ: Sharp drop in number of violence-related deaths, government says
20 September 2007 (IRIN ), The number of victims of violence in Iraq has dropped by over 50 percent since February 2007, security officials said on 19 September. Since Operation Imposing Law was launched by US and Iraqi forces on 14 February, the number of those thought to be victims of Shia death squads has dropped dramatically in Baghdad, and there has also been a lull in attacks by Sunni insurgents.
YEMEN: Moves afoot to reduce number of fire-arms in cities
20 September 2007 (IRIN ), A recently published Interior Ministry report blamed the accidental firing of fire-arms for the deaths of thousands of people in Yemen over the past three years, and the authorities have now moved to reduce the number of fire-arms in the main cities in a bid to stem the deaths.
LEBANON: All to lose and much to gain in divisive presidential election
20 September 2007 (IRIN ), With parliament set to re-open on 25 September, for the first time in just under a year, to begin electing a replacement to current President Emile Lahoud, analysts and citizens alike say their hopes for an end to divisions remain laced with fears of further instability.
ISRAEL-OPT: Aid groups, UN protest Israeli sanctions move on Gaza
20 September 2007 (IRIN ), An Israeli cabinet decision on 19 September, which declared the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity" and which would allow the state to cut fuel and electricity supplies to the enclave, has been immediately condemned by aid and human rights organisations.
ISRAEL-OPT: World Bank says donors need long term plan for OPT
19 September 2007 (IRIN ), A new report by the World Bank warns that international aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been "reactive" and not governed by long-term development goals. Palestinian gross domestic product (GDP) has become more dependent on foreign aid and remittances from abroad, and was down a third from its 1999 level, it said.
IRAQ-JORDAN: Visas to control flow of Iraqi refugees
19 September 2007 (IRIN ), Iraqis fleeing their country’s sectarian violence and wishing to enter Jordan will be required to obtain visas, Jordanian officials told IRIN on 18 September. But it is not clear when the new requirement will take effect.
SOMALIA-YEMEN: Yemenis take big risks fishing in Somali waters
19 September 2007 (IRIN ), Yemeni fishermen and their Somali counterparts from Puntland have reached a kind of unofficial agreement: The Yemenis send their vessels to Somalia and then either get the Somalis to fish for them and buy the catch off them, or are allowed to fish for themselves on payment of a hefty fee.
IRAQ: Lawyers accuse government of concealing information about detainees
19 September 2007 (IRIN ), Lawyers representing families of Iraqi detainees have accused the government of concealing information about detainees, including their whereabouts.
IRAQ-SYRIA: Iraqis stream into Syria ahead of visa clampdown
18 September 2007 (IRIN ), Iraqis are once again crossing into Syria in large numbers, taking advantage of the Syrian government’s relaxation, for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, of newly-introduced visa regulations that prevent asylum seekers from Iraq entering the country.

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