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UNICEF expresses concern over the situation of children in southern Yemen

Following recent clashes between government troops and armed groups

SANAA/AMMAN/GENEVA, 1 October 2010 - Over the past few weeks, there has been a steady increase in violent clashes, including air strikes, between government troops and armed groups in Southern Yemen.

An estimated 2,000 families - around 15,000 people, most of whom are children -have been displaced by the recent clashes in Al-Hauta Village of Mayfa'a District, (Shabwah Governorate).

"The humanitarian impact on the civilian population of Yemen, especially children, is of grave concern

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FACTBOX-Key political risks to watch in Yemen

DUBAI, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Rising al Qaeda militancy, surging violence in a secessionist-leaning south and crushing poverty are among the myriad challenges facing Yemen, neighbour to top oil exporter Saudi Arabia.

Yemen, also trying to cement a truce to end a northern civil war, has been a major Western security concern since a Yemen-based regional arm of al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a failed attempt to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner in December.

Worries over instability and widespread corruption have deterred significant foreign investment beyond the oil

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Yemen: ICRC and YRCS help people displaced by fighting in the south

The fighting that erupted recently in southern Yemen has forced thousands out of their homes. In the north of the country, thousands more remain dependent on humanitarian aid. The ICRC is working with the Yemen Red Crescent Society (YRCS) to supplying urgently needed assistance.

In Yemen's south-eastern governorate of Shabwa, thousands fled the city of al-Hota in search of a safe haven as fighting involving government forces and armed groups intensified last week, leaving their homes, belongings and livestock behind.

"In no time at all, thousands of

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UNICEF says children suffering in Yemen conflicts

DUBAI, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Thousands of children have been killed or injured in fighting between government forces and rebels in Yemen, and many are suffering from water shortages and malnutrition, the United Nations children fund said on Friday.

More than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes by fighting in the north in the past few years, 60 percent of them children. In a different separatist conflict in the south, 2,000 families have been displaced in recent weeks by clashes in al-Hota.

"Children have been injured in the

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YEMEN: Southern IDPs appeal for aid

Report
IRIN
ADEN, 30 September 2010 (IRIN) - Internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled clashes in the past two weeks between the Yemeni army and militant groups in the central-southern governorate of Shabwa, some 400km east of Aden, are appealing to humanitarian organizations for aid.

Some of the IDPs fled to Aden city while others are sheltering in the Mafyaa, Habban and Azzan areas of Shabwa Governorate, according to Ahmad Tallan, head of local NGO Brotherhood Association for Peace and Development.

"We have nothing to eat. We have

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Yemen: Third Public Works Project

Report
World Bank
Targeting Poor, Rural Communities

Overview

Since 1996, the World Bank has helped the Government of Yemen provide a critical social safety net for communities with the highest poverty levels, mitigating the adverse impacts of economic reforms designed to stabilize the economy and boost economic growth. Over that period, the government's Public Works Program (PWP), supported by funding from the International Development Association (IDA), and has delivered 3,900 sub-projects, creating more than 740,000 work-months of jobs for Yemenis.

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Somalia + 12 others
Update on UNHCR's operations in the Middle East and North Africa - 2010

Regional update - Middle East and North Africa

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

Sixty-first session

Geneva, 4-8 October 2010

30 September 2010

This update presents some examples of challenges, progress and developments in the region since the last strategic overview presented to the 47th meeting of the Standing Committee in March 2010. A more comprehensive report will be provided in the forthcoming Global Appeal 2011 Update.

A: Major challenges and new developments

The overall security situation in Iraq

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Georgia + 27 others
Update on UNHCR's global programmes and partnerships 2010

Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme

Sixty-first session

Geneva, 4-8 October 2010

30 September 2010

This update presents some examples of challenges, progress and new developments in global programmes and partnerships since the last strategic overview presented to the 47th meeting of the Standing Committee in March 2010. A more comprehensive report will be provided in the forthcoming Global Appeal 2011 Update.

A. Major challenges, progress and new developments

(i) Shelter and physical planning

Large numbers of refugees and internally

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Kenya + 2 others
Somalia Humanitarian Overview Vol. 3 Issue 9, September 2010

Main Developments

?? Humanitarian access in Somalia reached its lowest point since 2006. In September, three international organisations were expelled from southern Somalia by Al Shabaab, accused of having ties with the US government. With these latest forced suspensions, eight international organisations have been expelled from south central Somalia in 2010.

?? The fighting in Mogadishu continued throughout September although at a lower intensity compared to August. During the month, an estimated 19,000 people were displaced, more than

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OCHA ROMENACA Regional Humanitarian Update - September 2010

Concern for Children in southern Yemen

An estimated 15,000 people - most of whom are children - have been displaced by recent clashes in and around Al-Hauta village in Shabwah Governorate in southern Yemen, according to UNICEF.

Over the past few weeks, there has been a steady increase in violent clashes, including air strikes, between government troops and armed groups in the area. UNICEF said that children have been injured in the fighting and continue to be at risk from unexploded ordnances, landmines and other explosive remnants of war. In addition, schools that

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Afghanistan + 5 others
OCHA ROMENACA QUARTERLY REGIONAL HUMANITARIAN FUNDING UPDATE - 3rd Quarter July-September 2010

Main Findings:

The flood disaster in Pakistan raised the combined requirements of humanitarian appeals and response plans in the MENACA region from US$2.91 billion in the second quarter to nearly $4.86 billion in the third quarter. This is a 67 per cent increase.

The United States is the largest single donor to the Pakistan Flood Plan followed by Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the European Commission and private individuals and organizations.

Countries in the MENACA region have reportedly provided $457.9 million in humanitarian aid in 2010, an increase from $140

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Afghanistan + 19 others
Barómetro 24: Sobre conflictos, derechos humanos y construccion de paz - Julio - Septiembre 2010

El Barómetro es un informe trimestral editado en castellano y catalán por el Programa de Conflictos y Construcción de Paz de la Escola de Cultura de Pau de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. El documento analiza los acontecimientos ocurridos en el mundo a lo largo del trimestre (julio – septiembre de 2010) a través de cinco apartados: conflictos armados, tensiones, procesos de paz, crisis humanitarias y dimensión de género en la construcción de la paz. Esta publicación actualiza los datos del informe anual Alerta 2010 y de los anteriores números del Barómetro, basándose en la

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Yemen: Health Facility Survey In Five Governorates

Report
Yemen Times
Sadeq Al-Wesabi

Published:07-10-2010

AMRAN, Sept. 29 - The Ministry of Health supported by USAID have concluded a five-year project to strengthen the health systems in five of Yemen's most vulnerable governorates, including Sa'ada, Al-Jawf, Marib, Shabwa and Amran.

The project conducted training and a survey of health facilities in the five governorates to assess their locations, equipment, number of rooms, and workforce according to Mansur Al-Lawzi, a national health expert. Al-Lawzi told the Yemen Times that this information

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Ministers Urge Serious Steps to End Long-Standing Conflicts, Support for Peace Processes, as General Assembly's Annual Debate Continues

GA/11005

Sixty-fifth General Assembly
Plenary
21st & 22nd Meetings (AM & PM)

Conflict resolution and peacebuilding in places as diverse as the Middle East, Kashmir, Cyprus and the Balkans emerged as major themes as the General Assembly continued its annual general debate today, alongside calls for reforms to make the Security Council more representative of the United Nations membership, 65 years after the founding of the Organization.

Speaking in the context of renewed direct peace talks between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, and the end

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Somalia + 5 others
Somalia - Complex Emergency Situation Report #8, Fiscal Year (FY) 2010

Note: The last situation report was dated July 22, 2010.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

- Fighting between Somalia Transitional Federal Government (TFG) forces and armed opposition groups that commenced on August 23 continues to intensify in Mogadishu. As of September 17, violence had displaced more than 32,000 people, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Human rights staff working in the area reported approximately 640 injuries and 300 deaths due to the fighting. Violence included an August 24 suicide attack on a Mogadishu hotel that

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FACTBOX-Security developments in Yemen, 26 Sep 2010

26 Sep 2010 17:52:44 GMT

Sept 26 (Reuters) - Yemen is trying to quell a resurgent regional arm of al Qaeda that has increased attacks on Western and regional targets.

At the same time, it is trying to cement a truce with Shi'ite rebels to end a civil war in the north that has raged on and off since 2004, and to end a separatist rebellion in the south.

Following are security developments in Yemen this month:

(* denotes new or updated item): * AL-HOTA, Sept 26 - Government forces kill five al Qaeda militants and detain 32

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Analysis: Yemen's "youth bulge" and unemployment - an explosive mix

Report
IRIN
SANAA, 26 September 2010 (IRIN) - Southern Yemen erupted again this past week - another flash in an ongoing, low-level rebellion against the government. International news reports have focused on the government's siege of an alleged al-Qaeda stronghold, occurring against a backdrop of steady anti-government violence throughout the south.

Local analysts and international observers call for political compromise between the northern-dominated government

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Yemen: Al-Hawta residents return as jihadis flee to the mountains

Report
Yemen Times
SANA'A, Sept. 26 - Several of the families who fled Al-Hawta district, in Shabwa governorate south of Yemen, returned home after the state army withdrew from the town on Saturday Sept 25. Estimates of between 4,000 to 12,000 locals fled their homes in December 2009 fearing a repetition of the state's attacks on the neighboring governorate of Abyan.

According to local state officials from Shabwa, including the governor Dr. Ali Al-Ahmadi, the area is inhabited by around a hundred Jihadi men, mostly Yemenis. They are suspected of being Al-Qaeda members living in Al-Hawta.

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Yemen forces disable bomb in town retaken from Qaeda: govt

ADEN, Yemen - Yemeni explosives experts disabled a car bomb in Huta soon after retaking the besieged southern town from Al-Qaeda militants, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

The bomb was found on a vehicle that also contained shells and sticks of dynamite, the ministry said in a statement on its website, accusing Al-Qaeda of being behind the foiled attack.

The device, which was deactivated in the town's main market square late on Saturday, "seemed to have been prepared to be activated as the army entered Huta," local government official Abdullah Ateq said.

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Early Winter Starts In Yemen

Report
Yemen Times
Ali Saeed

Published:27-09-2010

SANA'A, Sept. 26 - The decreasing temperatures noticed in the mountain regions of Yemen is not another weather fluctuation according to Rasheed Al-Ariqi, head of the Weather Forecast Unit at the National Aviation and Metrological Center, it is an early winter.

The transition period between seasons had already started Tuesday Sept. 21, which is almost one month ahead of the usual date.

"The weather in the coming months will be unstable because the difference between the maximum and minimum