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Malnutrition, disease kill 139 displaced in Indonesia’s Papua: Group

Reuters
JAKARTA
Thousands of people in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an aid group said on Thursday.
But the Indonesian military disputed the figures for deaths and displaced issued by the Solidarity Team for Nduga aid group. A long-running separatist movement in Papua has seen an increase in violence in recent months.
The military launched a crackdown following the killing by the rebels of 16 construction workers building a highway in the mountainous Nduga area in December.

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