The level of alertness along the East
Timor border with West Timor has been increased from 'medium' to 'high',
following a series of cross-border incursions and attacks on people in
West Timor by pro-Indonesia militias.
The attacks have claimed at least one
life, that of a villager.
'Yesterday (Thursday), members of the
militia were spotted by the peacekeeping forces, but the distance, the
difficult terrain and the bad weather prevented the peacekeeping forces
from making physical contact or positively identifying the group,' Nymo
Based on observations in Atsabe, however,
the group consisted of 15 males, wore dark clothes, and all of them were
carrying weapons, he said.
According to Nymo, the pro-Jakarta
militias are very active in isolated areas of the entire western part of
East Timor and the Ermera district in the central part, driving unarmed
civilians into hiding.
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