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Over 6,000 displaced in Gambia after Senegal separatist fighting flare-up

Over 6,000 displaced in Gambia after Senegal separatist fighting flare-up

MORE than 6,000 people have fled their homes in Gambia and Senegal following clashes between Senegalese soldiers and separatists near the Gambian border earlier this month, Gambia's government said Tuesday. The Senegalese military launched an operation on March 13 against rebels fighting for independence in the West African country's southern Casamance region, which borders Gambia. Fighting pushed 691 people in Casamance to cross over and seek refuge in Gambia, a tiny nation of around 2 million inhabitants almost entirely surrounded by Senegal, said its National Disaster Management Agency in an assessment of the aftermath. A further 5,626 people were displaced…
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Two Senegalese soldiers killed, nine missing after clash with separatists

Two Senegalese soldiers killed, nine missing after clash with separatists

Two Senegalese soldiers were killed and nine were likely taken hostage when they went missing during fighting with separatist rebels in neighbouring Gambia, Senegal's army said. One rebel from the Movement of Democratic Forces for Casamance (MFDC) was also killed and three captured by Senegalese forces in the fighting on Monday, an army statement said. "The nine missing soldiers are probably held hostage by the MFDC. Operations are ongoing to find them and secure the zone." The soldiers were monitoring timber trafficking as part of a multinational force in Gambia, which is bordered on three sides by Senegal. The MFDC…
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