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Indonesia Limits Aid Workers to Cities

Officials say rebels make much of Aceh province a danger zone. A tsunami survivor on a makeshift raft is rescued and taken to Malaysia. Indonesia on Tuesday told aid workers helping tsunami victims in its worst-hit region, Aceh province, not to venture beyond two large cities on Sumatra island because they could be attacked by militants. The country’s head of relief operations said agencies needed permission to work outside the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, and the ravaged west coast town of Meulaboh. Asked if Aceh, where the army and separatist rebels have clashed for decades, was unsafe for international aid workers, Budi Atmaji said, “Yes, in some places.” The rebels, however, said they would never attack aid workers, who in turn said they were not overly worried. Full Story

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