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Fire Kills At Least 18 Refugees


At least 18 people died and 37 others were injured when a fire broke out at a camp for African refugees in southern Algeria on Tuesday, Algerian official media reported, citing civil protection services.



Algeria’s south has become a traditional route for African migrants and refugees fleeing poverty and violence in neighboring Mali and Niger. Many seek to cross into Libya to get to Europe while others end up staying in Libya and Algeria.


The victims of the fire were among 650 Africans being taken in at the camp in the Ourgla province, about 500 km (310 miles) from the capital Algiers, state radio said.

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