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Confrontos deixam 33 mortos no Quênia

by AFP 1:03 mins

Confrontos deixam 33 mortos no Quênia

by AFP 1:03 mins

Um ataque executado por 300 membros de uma comunidade no vilarejo de Rio Tana, no sudeste do Quênia, deixou pelo menos 33 mortos. Entre as vítimas há mulheres e crianças, além de oito policiais. Integrantes da Cruz Vermelha afirmam que há vários feridos.POVO FALA SONORA 1 – "Eu estava acordado. Por causa dos tiros não quis sair de casa. Eles colocaram fogo para me obrigarem a sair. Estou com o corpo inteiro queimado."SONORA 3 - "Quando os agressores chegaram começamos a ouvir os tiros. As pessoas começaram a chorar. Muita gente correu desesperada.”Segundo uma fonte policial, o ataque desta segunda-feira foi cometido por membros da etnia pokomo contra uma aldeia orma.O distrito de Rio Tana é marcado por confrontos entre as comunidades rivais orma, formada por agricultores nômades, e pokomo, que reúne de agricultores fixos. Em agosto, 53 membros de uma aldeia orma foram assassinados com golpes de machado e depois queimados por integrantes da comunidade Pokomo. ---TANA RIVER, KENYA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012. SOURCE: AFPTV-VAR Kenya police trucks arriving with general service UNI police officers in Tana River clashes areaMOMBASA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012. SOURCE: AFPTV -VAR Tana River villagers attacked, bodies, injured victims, residents armed with arrows and bows, police officers -VAR internally displaced Tana River victims in Mombasa social hall TANA RIVER, KENYA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012. SOURCE: AFPTV-Tana River victims in Malindi hospital nursing injuries///--------------------------------------------------------------AFP TEXT STORY:Kenya-unrest,2ndlead Kenya tribal vendetta kills 33: Red Cross ATTENTION - UPDATES with new toll, ADDS quotes, details /// NAIROBI, Sept 10, 2012 (AFP) - Tribesmen attacked a village in southeastern Kenya Monday, torching homes and sparking clashes that killed 33, in the latest round of tit-for-tat ethnic violence to plague the area, official said. Eight police officers were among those killed in the vendetta between the Pokomo farming community and their Orma pastoralist neighbours which already left 52 dead last month in Kenya's worst tribal killings in years. At least 300 members of the Pokomo tribe stormed Kilelengwani, a village in the Tana river delta and near some of the east African country's most idyllic beaches, early on Monday and attacked members of the Orma community. Red Cross spokeswoman Nelly Muluka told AFP the death toll for the raid stood at 33, including eight police officers who were caught up in the fighting when they tried to respond to the emergency. A police officer at the scene confirmed the incident and said that his colleagues had responded to a distress call from Kilelengwani. "Tensions remain high in the area, but the fighting has stopped," Caleb Kilande, another Red Cross official, told AFP shortly after noon (0900 GMT). A regional police officer who asked not to be named said the Pokomo attacked the Orma in Kilelengwani. The two rival communities have clashed repeatedly over the use of land and water resources. The Pokomo are a largely settled farming people, planting crops along the Tana River, while the Orma are mainly cattle-herding pastoralists. "The situation is getting dangerous, something needs to be done urgently," Kenya Red Cross chief Abbas Gullet said in a statement. The Red Cross said it sent ambulances, paramedics and first aid teams into the village and that a further eight people were still in hospital. Area legislator Danson Mungatana said a peace meeting between the two warring communities was held on Saturday. "Something is not right, the violence broke out as a police operation to wipe out illegal guns in the area is ongoing," Mungatana said. The attack happened in the Tarassa area of the Tana River district, close to the coast and some 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the capital Nairobi. Last month, the same area witnessed a wave of violence in which at least 52 people, mainly women and children, were hacked or burnt to death in the worst ethnic massacre in Kenya for several years. The August attack led to the questioning of local lawmaker Dhado Godhana, after Kenya's internal security minister accused him of fanning violence in the region, claims he has denied. The violence follows warnings last month by Gullet that over 200 Kenyans have been killed in ethnic clashes since January. Many of the attacks -- often small-scale tit-for-tat raids between rival ethnic groups in remote and impoverished rural regions -- generate little attention. They are often blamed on tensions between communities sparked by land, grazing or water resources, not politics. But the latest pattern of violence has conjured up the spectre of the largescale ethnic violence that erupted in the afternath of disputed 2007 polls. The bloodletting at the time revealed the fragility of a country that had long been considered a rock of stability in the region and some observers fear a surge in violence ahead of a fresh electio

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