The Iraqi government has decided to evict all people who have been squatting in government buildings or on government land since the 2003 US-led invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein's regime. "The Iraqi Cabinet has decided to evict all squatters in or on government property. They will be given financial help to find alternative places to live," said a government statement on Jan. 4. It said committees would be set up to handle the evictions, and squatters had 60 days to leave or face legal action. Grants of USD 850 to USD 4,300 would be paid to the squatters to help them find accommodation. (IRIN)

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