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Violence Rocks East Timor, 100k Flee Capital

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posted on May, 31 2006 @ 09:28 AM
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Violence has exploded once again in East Timor. Chaos reigns in Dili, the capital city, as gangs of youths set fires and run wild. Australian peace keeping forces are attempting to restore order.
 



www.nctimes.com
At least 100,000 people have fled their homes in East Timor's capital because of days of violence, a spokeswoman for a group of aid agencies said Wednesday.

Many residents of Dili, where gangs of machete-wielding youths have clashed and set dozens of fires despite the presence of hundreds of foreign peacekeepers, have taken refuge in churches, community centers and with relatives outside the city in recent days.

Kym Smithies, a spokeswoman for some 30 private aid groups operating in East Timor, said the number of displaced people exceeded 100,000.


"We are estimating that upward of 70,000 people are in camps in Dili alone," Smithies told The Associated Press.

An additional 30,000 have fled the city altogether, she said.




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East Timor has become a regular flash point in the region. Attention needs to be focused on addressing the underlying issues causing the ongoing unrest.

[edit on 31-5-2006 by intrepid]




 
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