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31 December 2007 Military News

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  • ISRAEL-OPT: Aida refugee camp residents say Barrier harming their livelihoods IRIN 31 Dec 2008 -- Behind a luxurious five-star hotel and close to Bethlehem, yet unknown to most visitors who converged on nearby Manger Square for the recent Christmas mass, residents of Aida refugee camp - home to nearly 5,000 people - say their lives have been adversely affected by the Israeli restrictions on movement, in particular the Barrier built around the city.
  • NEPAL: Challenges of reintegrating former child soldiers IRIN 31 Dec 2008 -- Thousands of former child soldiers have returned to their communities in Nepal over the past year, but there are huge challenges facing their successful reintegration, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say.
  • SUDAN: Waiting for peacekeeping muscle in Darfur IRIN 31 Dec 2008 -- The transformation at the start of 2008 of the African Union's peacekeeping force in Darfur into one jointly commanded by the UN will not significantly increase the number of troops on the ground and, say aid workers, do little to immediately improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
  • UN tribunal terminates provisional release of former Croatian Commander UN News Centre 31 Dec 2008 -- The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s has ordered the arrest of a former Croatian commander for violating the terms of his provisional release by leaving his designated residence to go on a hunting trip without permission.
  • Ban Ki-moon warns of critical gaps as joint UN-AU force takes over in Darfur UN News Centre 31 Dec 2007 -- The joint United Nations-African Union force set up to stem the violence in Darfur took the reigns today from the existing AU operation in the war-torn Sudanese region, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that critical gaps remain in what will be the world body's largest peacekeeping operation at full strength.
  • UN raises concerns over humanitarian situation in DR Congo's troubled east UN News Centre 31 Dec 2007 -- The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed concern over the ongoing insecurity in the conflict-ridden North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where clashes have escalated in recent months between Government and renegade forces.
  • Cte d'Ivoire: UN mission speaks out against violence UN News Centre 31 Dec 2007 -- The United Nations Operation in Cte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) expressed concern today over recent violence in Bouak, in the north of the divided West African nation.
  • Ban Ki-moon voices concern over violence in West Darfur between rebel group, Government UN News Centre 31 Dec 2007 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his deep concern today over the resumption of hostilities between a rebel group and Government forces in West Darfur.

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