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THOUSANDS FLEE VIOLENCE IN INDONESIA
AMBON, Indonesia (CWNews.com) - Thousands of people fled spreading violence in Indonesia's Maluku province, also known as the Spice Islands, where over 500 people have been killed in the fighting between Christian and Muslim gangs.
Traveling by private boat or being ferried by the Indonesian navy or air force, more than 10,000 people have left their homes and taken shelter in mosques, churches, schools, and military barracks, officials said. They added that 1,300 people have been killed in fighting in the province in the past year.
Indonesia is the most populous majority Muslim country in the world, although the Spice Islands maintain a sizeable Christian population. Fighting between the religions began last year as the country struggled with the worst economic crisis in decades and political turmoil.
Brigadier General Max Tamaela, the military chief in Maluku province, said fighting continued through Tuesday night on Halmahera Island, but it was not yet clear how many people had died from the latest round of fighting.
January 6, 2000 |
volume 10, no. 4
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