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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for August with a Forecast till Mid-October, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in winter, spring and summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region in August and only low density adults were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and a similar situation is highly likely in northern Mali where the ongoing security situation continuous undermining survey operations. No locusts were reported in Algeria, Libya, Morocco or Tunisia during this month.

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The Netherlands and Tunisia lend support for women’s rights in Mali and Yemen

The Netherlands and Tunisia are joining forces to help Mali and Yemen promote women’s rights and sex education. An agreement to this effect was concluded at a meeting between Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen and the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mongi Hamdi. This undertaking is part of a larger effort by Ms Ploumen to support other countries on these issues.

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Libyans Seeking Aid in Tunisia Tell of a Home Torn Apart

Report
New York Times

By CARLOTTA GALLSEPT. 9, 2014

SFAX, Tunisia — Libyans seeking medical care and a refuge from war are filling the private clinics in this coastal Tunisian city for the second time in three years, bringing with them fresh accounts of the violence racking their country.

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En Libye, les migrants pris au piège de l’insécurité

Libye - L’OIM est préoccupée par l’insécurité croissante qui touche plus de 200 000 migrants qui vivent et travaillent à Tripoli, à Misurata et à Benghazi en Libye. Parmi eux, 7000 personnes sont particulièrement vulnérables et ont besoin d’une aide d’urgence pour être évacués.

D’après les autorités, près de 150 000 habitants (soit 31 000 familles) de Tripoli ont fui les combats qui font rage depuis deux mois dans la capitale.

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Tunisie : Il faut mener une enquête sur la fusillade mortelle de la police

Deux morts lors d'un recours à la force apparemment illicite

(Tunis) – Les autorités tunisiennes devraient mener une enquête complète et indépendante au sujet de la fusillade impliquant la police et ayant entraîné la mort de deux jeunes femmes le 23 août 2014. Tout agent ayant eu recours à la force létale illégalement devrait être tenu de rendre des comptes.

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Displaced Migrants Face Growing Risks in Libya as Fighting Intensifies

IOM is monitoring the growing insecurity of some 200,000 overseas migrants living and working in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, including 7,000 people IOM categorizes as “vulnerable migrants” in urgent need of evacuation assistance.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Tunisia 03-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Above average cereal harvest gathered in 2014
  • Relatively stable domestic grain prices observed
  • Economic growth recovers but high unemployment rates, in particular among young people, remains a concern
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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Tunisia renews search for shipwreck victims as 42nd body found

08/31/2014 10:11 GMT

BEN GUERDANE, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Tunisian coastguards on Sunday resumed the search for more bodies of drowned migrants, thought to be mainly Syrians, after finding a 42nd shipwreck victim, officials said.

"Forty-two bodies have been recovered: 31 were buried on the spot and 11 others will be during the day," said Tahar Souid, coordinator of the emergency centre set up at Ben Guerdane in southeast Tunisia where the first bodies were discovered on Friday.

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Naufrage d'un navire de migrants: la Tunisie reprend les recherches

08/31/2014 09:40 GMT

BEN GUERDANE, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Les gardes-côtes tunisiens ont repris dimanche les recherches des corps de migrants noyés, des Syriens notamment, dans un naufrage au large de la Libye, retrouvant un 42e cadavre, a indiqué à l'AFP la cellule de crise des autorités.

"42 corps ont été repêchés, 31 ont été enterrés sur place, onze le seront dans la journée", a déclaré Tahar Souid, le coordinateur de la cellule de crise mise en place à Ben Guerdane, au sud-est de la Tunisie, où les premiers corps avaient été découverts vendredi.

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1.500 listes de candidats aux législatives déposées

08/30/2014 16:26 GMT

TUNIS, 30 août 2014 (AFP) - Plus de 1.500 listes totalisant quelque 15.000 candidats aux élections législatives du 26 octobre en Tunisie ont été déposées, a annoncé samedi l'instance chargée d'organiser ce scrutin crucial pour la stabilité de la Tunisie.

L'instance (ISIE) a indiqué qu'elle allait désormais passer en revue l'ensemble des listes présentées dans les 33 circonscriptions tunisiennes afin de déterminer si elles respectent les règles édictées dans la loi électorale.

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Libyan and Tunisian societies working together in response to increased violence in Tripoli and Benghazi

By Raefah Makki, IFRC

The ongoing fighting in regions of Libya is having grave humanitarian consequences within the country and putting pressure on its borders with Tunisia and Egypt. Hostilities have forced large numbers of people, including migrant workers, to leave the country.

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Concern mounts for refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

UNHCR is deeply concerned about the safety of refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya as violence escalates. Almost 37,000 people are registered with UNHCR in Tripoli and Benghazi, with many living in areas heavily damaged by fighting and unable to leave to safer areas due to ongoing clashes.

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa

“[I]f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression. … Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by the rule of law do better, grow faster, draw more investment than those who don’t.” – President Obama, Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013

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A lucky few flee Libya 'nightmare' to reach Tunisia

08/02/2014 15:11 GMT

by Kaouther Larbi

RAS JEDIR, August 2, 2014 (AFP) - Baby on her shoulder, suitcase in hand, Khadija, a 34-year-old Tunisian, is rushing to escape from the "Libyan nightmare" through the Ras Jedir border crossing to reach her homeland.

With the crossing point open only intermittently because of clashes on the Libyan side, Khadija has to wait all night before being allowed through.

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Scores flee Libya as Tunisia reopens border crossing

08/02/2014 10:58 GMT

RAS JEDIR, August 2, 2014 (AFP) - Tunisia briefly reopened its main border crossing with Libya on Saturday, allowing some 200 people fleeing unrest to enter its territory, a day after violence prompted its closure.

Fifty vehicles with Libyan plates were seen crossing over the border into Tunisia over a period of about an hour in the morning, and some people carrying luggage did so on foot before the post was shut again.

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Libya guards fire warning shots as crowd tries to storm border

08/01/2014 16:40 GMT

by Kaouther Larbi

RAS JDIR, August 1, 2014 (AFP) - Libyan border guards fired warning shots Friday to keep back a crowd of people trying to enter Tunisia as they fled the conflict in Libya, a Tunisian army officer said.

A Tunisian official was wounded by a stray bullet at the Ras Jdir crossing, where the incident took place and which was shut after the clashes.

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La Tunisie ne pourra pas accueillir de réfugiés libyens en masse (ministre)

07/30/2014 13:55 GMT

TUNIS, 30 juillet 2014 (AFP) - La Tunisie ne pourra pas accueillir en masse des Libyens fuyant les combats dans leur pays et est prête à fermer la frontière si le flux des réfugiés devait s'accentuer, a annoncé mercredi le chef de la diplomatie tunisienne.

"La situation économique dans notre pays est précaire et on ne peut pas supporter (l'arrivée) de centaines de milliers de réfugiés" comme cela avait été le cas en 2011, lors du conflit qui a abouti à la chute du régime de Kadhafi, a souligné le ministre, Mongi Hamdi.

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