7 December 2013

Kenya: Fresh Ethnic Violence Erupts in the North

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Kenya Red Cross agents help carry the injured in renewed inter-clan clashes in Moyale, Marsabit County (file photo).

Kenyan officials and relief workers say fresh clashes erupted between rival ethnic groups in the country's north on Saturday, a day after the government moved to deploy troops to the troubled region.

Officials say several people were killed on Saturday, in fighting near the town of Moyale.

They say clashes over the past week have killed dozens of people and forced over 1,000 civilians to flee across the border into Ethiopia.

There have been ongoing land battles in the remote northern region between rival herders.

But in recent weeks, tensions between the majority Borana community and several other groups have escalated.

On Friday, the government said it was sending an unspecified number of troops to help restore peace.

Some information was provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.

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