Subject: LUSA: ICRC says situation in Alas "quite tense"
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 07:30:50 -0500 (EST)
From: "Sharon R.A. Scharfe" <>

11 JAN 99 - 07:47 East Timor: IRC spokesman says situation in Alas is "quite tense"

Jakarta, Jan 11 (Lusa) - A spokesman for the International Red Cross in Jakarta has told Lusa that the situation in the area of Alas in East Timor continues to be tense. The spokesman said on Saturday the situation in Alas was "quite tense," confirming that at least six people had been killed during incidents in the region last November. The spokesman also said that "hundreds" of people had sought shelter in schools and churches in Alas, adding the area was affected by severe food shortages. Tony Pfanner, head of the International Red Cross in Jakarta, has told Australian television station ABC that at least six people were killed in last November's incidents in Alas. However, Pfanner said there still existed no evidence that a massacre had taken place in the area in that month.


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