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11,500 people flee from Wamena Town in West Papua after clashes

11,500 people flee from Wamena Town in West Papua after clashes

By Meredani Tisugu
Monday 07/10/2019
[Photo: Asia One]

Over 11,500 people have fled from Wamena Town in West Papua after clashes.

It comes as violence continues to rock Papua and West Papua provinces, where dozens have died during clashes.

Radio New Zealand reports that an official with the country's social ministry says the air force flew around 7,500 people out of Wamena after the unrest there in the past month.

Reuters reports Harry Hikmat saying another group of nearly 4,200 residents left on commercial flights.

A police spokesperson said the situation in Wamena is now stable, with shops and markets re-opening.

Source: RNZ

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