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Ahead of the forthcoming debate in the House of Lords on the ‘Humanitarian impact of developments in the Middle East and North Africa’ (for which a separate briefing is available), this paper updates the 2013 House of Lords Library publication, Recent Developments in Syria, the Middle East and North Africa. Given the size of the region and the speed with which developments are unfolding in many countries, this note is not exhaustive but provides a brief summary of events in selected countries, including Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Yemen and Egypt.


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