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August 4, 2009 | Associated Press
Armed tribesmen attacked a fishing village in southeastern Sudan where hundreds of displaced people were camped near a river, killing at least 185, most of them women and children, in the worst violence in three months, a southern Sudanese official said Monday. A flare-up of tribal clashes in southern Sudan over cattle and territory has left more than 1,000 people dead this year. The violence is separate from the conflict between rebels and government forces in Darfur, in Sudan's west. U.N.
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April 26, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
The mother of a 15-year-old California teenager who stowed away in the wheel well of Hawaii-bound airliner told Voice of America radio that her son had recently learned that she was alive after being told by his father she had died. Speaking from a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia, Ubah Mohamed Adbdullahi told VOA that she believed her son risked his life trying to reach her, according to the Associated Press. "I know he was looking for me, and I am requesting the U.S. government to help me reunite with my kids," she told the international radio station.
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August 26, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM -- In one of the most violent clashes in years between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, Israeli security forces killed three Palestinians early Monday during a raid at the Qalandia refugee camp near Jerusalem. Palestinian medical officials said two others were in critical condition and 19 were wounded. All were shot in the chest and upper body, according to doctors at Ramallah Hospital. Israeli border police and soldiers entered the camp before dawn to make an arrest, prompting hundreds of Palestinians to riot against the operation by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
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April 6, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan was under heavy police presence and restricted access Sunday, a day after stone-throwing Syrian refugees clashed with anti-riot police, leaving one resident shot to death, according to official and media accounts. On Saturday, Jordanian security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse thousands of angry Zaatari residents. Video and still images posted on social media depicted smashed and smoldering tents, with blood-covered refugees shouting as they fled from the chaos.
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August 19, 2013 | By Stephanie d'Arc Taylor
BURJ EL-SHEMALI, Lebanon - The midday heat is stifling in the living room of the cramped apartment where Rania resides with her two sisters, their husbands, children and various other relatives who have invited them in. Fans in the corner are still: The power is off 20 hours a day in this densely populated Palestinian refugee camp, east of the southern Lebanese city of Tyre. Decades ago, tents here gave way to gray concrete buildings, with heat-trapping zinc roofs that were meant to be temporary.
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January 18, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A food convoy was allowed into the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria for the first time in months on Saturday after an agreement was worked out with the Syrian government and leaders in the camp. The food was brought in by the Palestinian Authority after many previous failed attempts. Ahmad Majdalani, a Palestinian emissary to Damascus, told reporters in Ramallah that after a Palestinian team had talked to faction leaders in the camp on Friday, it was agreed that they would guarantee a safe passage into the camp to bring in badly needed food and medicine.
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July 13, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya is the biggest in the world, a sprawl of nearly half a million people, some of whom have lived there for about two decades. Residents who fled famine and warfare in Somalia have now seen grandchildren born and raised in what was supposed to have been a temporary home. They have also seen predators and criminal groups flourish, and watched as recruiters lure bored and frustrated boys back to Somalia to serve in militias or pirate gangs.
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March 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
About 10,000 Bhutanese refugees were without shelter after a fire razed their camp in southeastern Nepal, an official said. Jaya Mukunda Khanal, chief government administrator in Jhapa district, said 1,300 makeshift bamboo homes were destroyed at the Goldhap refugee camp Saturday night. Local humanitarian agencies were distributing aid as police investigated.
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April 6, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan was under heavy police presence and restricted access Sunday, a day after stone-throwing Syrian refugees clashed with anti-riot police, leaving one resident shot to death, according to official and media accounts. On Saturday, Jordanian security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse thousands of angry Zaatari residents. Video and still images posted on social media depicted smashed and smoldering tents, with blood-covered refugees shouting as they fled from the chaos.
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December 16, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Battles raged Sunday in a sprawling Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus as Syrian government troops pressed an offensive against rebels on the outskirts of the capital. Opposition activists reported at least eight killed when rockets from Syrian fighter jets struck near the Abdul Qader Husseini mosque in the Yarmouk camp, on the southern fringes of Damascus. Video said to be from the scene shows blood-streaked pavement and wounded people lying amid the rubble. The reported airstrike on Yarmouk would mark the first time that the government had used warplanes to target the camp, a densely populated urban zone that is home to tens of thousands, both Palestinians and non-Palestinians.
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January 18, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - A food convoy was allowed into the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria for the first time in months on Saturday after an agreement was worked out with the Syrian government and leaders in the camp. The food was brought in by the Palestinian Authority after many previous failed attempts. Ahmad Majdalani, a Palestinian emissary to Damascus, told reporters in Ramallah that after a Palestinian team had talked to faction leaders in the camp on Friday, it was agreed that they would guarantee a safe passage into the camp to bring in badly needed food and medicine.
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January 12, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian police used tear gas and stun grenades Sunday to disperse dozens of protesters at a refugee camp north of Ramallah who had blocked main roads leading to the de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority. The protesters, residents of the Jalazoun refugee camp, were trying to draw attention to a 40-day-old strike by workers of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA, who are demanding better wages. Police clashed with the protesters, who pelted them with stones, causing at least 10 minor injuries among the police force, according to emergency ward officials at the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, where the officers were treated for cuts and bruises.
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November 29, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Child refugees fleeing the war in Syria face lives of isolation, exploitation and insecurity in neighboring countries, according to a report released Friday by the United Nations. The study by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees looked at Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan and found that a staggering number are growing up in broken homes, missing out on education and serving as the primary breadwinner. More than 1.1 million children have fled Syria, most of them to neighboring countries, with many more internally displaced.
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August 26, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders and Maher Abukhater
JERUSALEM -- In one of the most violent clashes in years between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank, Israeli security forces killed three Palestinians early Monday during a raid at the Qalandia refugee camp near Jerusalem. Palestinian medical officials said two others were in critical condition and 19 were wounded. All were shot in the chest and upper body, according to doctors at Ramallah Hospital. Israeli border police and soldiers entered the camp before dawn to make an arrest, prompting hundreds of Palestinians to riot against the operation by throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails, according to Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
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August 19, 2013 | By Stephanie d'Arc Taylor
BURJ EL-SHEMALI, Lebanon - The midday heat is stifling in the living room of the cramped apartment where Rania resides with her two sisters, their husbands, children and various other relatives who have invited them in. Fans in the corner are still: The power is off 20 hours a day in this densely populated Palestinian refugee camp, east of the southern Lebanese city of Tyre. Decades ago, tents here gave way to gray concrete buildings, with heat-trapping zinc roofs that were meant to be temporary.
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August 3, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - International concern is rising as Syria's neighboring countries, overburdened with refugees fleeing the war, are sharply reducing the number they allow into their territory. Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, which have taken 1.1 million of the 1.9 million Syrians who have left the country, have reduced entry sharply, worried about the cost of caring for the refugees and the risk they may pose. “Tens of thousands of people are at risk of being trapped,” Kristalina Georgieva, the European Union's commissioner for humanitarian aid, said in an interview in Washington earlier this week.
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January 22, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
ZAATARI, Jordan - This sprawling tent city, by far the largest refugee camp for Syrians fleeing their war-ravaged nation, is becoming more crowded by the day, even as operating funds are running low. Winter storms, the most recent of which collapsed tents, turned roads into muddy quagmires and helped spark a riot during food distribution, have compounded the misery for more than 60,000 residents, a number that grows by an average of 1,200 daily....
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June 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Clashes intensified between the Lebanese army and Islamist fighters who had retreated into the heart of a Palestinian refugee camp after troops captured their outlying positions. The fighting at the Nahr el Bared camp followed a day of uneasy calm after the Lebanese army claimed victory against Fatah al Islam. The 33 days of fighting have left 172 people dead. Lebanese army helicopters fired machine guns at the camp and four shells hit the area in the afternoon amid scattered gunfire.
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July 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Paul Richter and Patrick J. McDonnell
WASHINGTON - The debate over U.S. intervention in Syria threatened to derail the confirmation of America's top military officer Thursday when a senior Republican senator vowed to block Army Gen. Martin Dempsey's second-term appointment as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will hold up the nomination "until he gets answers to the legitimate questions he asked of Gen. Dempsey on Syria," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said after McCain and Dempsey clashed during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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April 16, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
ANTAKYA, Turkey - In newly printed textbooks at dozens of Syrian refugee schools, a small piece of Middle East geography has been amended. Seventy-five years ago, Turkey annexed the northern Syrian territory of Hatay against the will of Syria, but maps in Syrian schoolbooks during the lengthy reign of the Assad family have continued to include Hatay inside Syria's borders. The maps in the new schoolbooks show Hatay in Turkey, one of a number of political changes made by the Syrian opposition group that published the books.
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