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Thousands on the move again after reports of fresh fighting in Liberia

Thousands of people are moving towards displaced camps in central Liberia, amid reports of fresh fighting between government and rebel forces, the UN and international aid agencies said. Officials from the UN’s coordination body for humanitarian affairs, OCHA as well as from the medical aid groups International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Medecins sans Frontieres said fighting had been reported near Gbatala, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Monrovia. “There are reports of skirmishing and people are on the move. Our estimation is that there are about 3,000 to 4,000 people on the road heading from Gbatala to Salala,” said the UN’s special representative for humanitarian assistance, Ross Mountain. An estimated 50,000 people are currently displaced by four years of brutal fighting in three camps at Salala, Totota and Maimu about 80 kilometres northeast of Monrovia. Refugees have fled fighting in the country’s northern Lofa county. Full Story

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