posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 11:02 PM
With the world coming together to aid the victims of SE Asia's tsunami-stricken citizens, setbacks are causing additional problems in an already
difficult effort. A US Seahawk helicopter crashed at an Indonesian airport at Banda Aceh today, injuring all on board. A powerful 6.2 magnitude
aftershock rocked the region later in the day; it is unclear if any injuries resulted, but the tremblor was powerful enough to send residents into a
panic. Perhaps more troublesome, though, is the threat of rebel separatist violence in the northern provinces.
ndonesia's military beefed up security in the area on Sunday and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sought to reassure relief workers after a burst
of gunfire outside a deputy police chief's house and near the main U.N. aid office in Banda Aceh.
There was confusion over who was behind the shooting, with some officials blaming separatist rebels, while others said a disturbed government soldier
fired the shots. No one was hurt.
"The security operation conducted by Indonesia's military and police will protect, secure the humanitarian efforts," Yudhoyono told reporters to allay
any concern among hundreds of Western aid workers pouring in.
Chief social welfare minister Alwi Shihab said the military had ordered a high alert because of what he called possible infiltration by people wary of
the foreigners' presence.
There have been reports of militant Islamic groups moving into Aceh as they believed Western aid groups might use the disaster to push a Christian
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With more than 150,000 dead in this tragedy and millions of others affected, each issue that arises is another blow to the residents trying to regain
their lives. Most disheartening are the threats of violence by separatist groups, who have been just as affected as the rest of the region. Aid
workers are most at risk, according to the area's military officials -- the same aid workers who are trying to save lives.