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Fighting Resumes in Interior As Ghanaians And Nigerians Evacuate

Nigeria and Ghana have begun evacuating thousands of their nationals from the Liberian capital Monrovia by air and sea as the ragged city remains quiet but tense amid reports of renewed fighting in the interior on Monday. Relief workers reported clashes on Monday between government and rebel forces at Kley junction, 35 km northwest of the capital. A Ghanaian naval vessel, the Bonsu, sailed from Monrovia with over 1,000 Ghanaian nationals aboard on Saturday. A navy spokesman in the Ghanaian capital Accra said a second warship would dock in Monrovia on Wednesday to pick up hundreds more people, many of whom have camped outside the Ghanaian embassy to await evacuation. Nigeria meanwhile airlifted about 800 of its nationals out of Monrovia on Sunday aboard two airliners chartered by the government. Nigerian embassy officials said they were planning to evacuate about 4,000 members of the 30,000-strong Nigerian community in Liberia over the next few days. Most were traders whose businesses had been looted after a rebel push into the western suburbs of Monrovia on June 5 led to several days of heavy fighting in the city. Full Story

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