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More People Flee To Mauritania To Escape Insecurity In Northern Mali

Almost 400 people fleeing a renewed outbreak of fighting in northern Mali have sought refuge in Mauritania over the last few months, UNHCR said Monday.

Most of the newcomers seeking asylum come from the Nampala area. Since the beginning of the conflict in 2012, largely between Tuareg MNLA fighters and government forces, the inhabitants of this area have often been caught in the crossfire.

Much of the territory of northern Mali is claimed by different rebel groups, but it is under the de facto control of the MNLA (National Movement for Liberation of the Azawad). Lately, the area has seen a new upsurge in fighting.

UNHCR figures show that the number of new arrivals since end of April is now 395, though others who have not yet been registered may also have arrived.

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