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31 December 2009 Military News

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  • Yemen, Saudi Arabia Fight Shi'ite Rebels in Northern Yemen VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- Yemen's bid to control and defeat al-Qaida on its territory is not its only challenge. In a remote part of northern Yemen, along the border with Saudi Arabia, another conflict has been raging - between government forces and rebels who the government suspects of operating with Iran's backing.
  • Conflict in Yemen Intensifies As More People Flee VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross reports conditions are continuing to deteriorate in northern Yemen where fighting between the government and al-Houthi rebels has been raging for the past five months. A Red Cross official tells VOA large numbers of civilians continue to flee the conflict zone in search of safety.
  • UN receives pledge to respect refugee rights from Central African rebel leader UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- The force commander of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been assured by the leader of a major armed group that it will respect the rights of refugees amid heightening tensions in the country’s northeast, it was announced today.
  • CAR: Clash in northern town of N’délé prompts security fears IRIN 31 Dec 2009 -- Quartier Sultan in N’délé, a town in northern Central African Republic, was badly hit by fighting on 26 November when troops from the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) pushed back an incursion by rebel fighters from the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP).
  • DR Congo: UN rushes food to thousands displaced by ethnic fighting UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- The United Nations is rushing food to thousands of displaced Congolese in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where tribal clashes have driven 130,000 people from their homes.

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