Hundreds leave Papua villages in separatist standoff
JAYAPURA - The Associated Press
Indonesian police on Nov. 20 said hundreds more people have left villages in easternmost Papua that were at the center of clashes with separatist.
Papua police chief Boy Rafli Amar said that about 800 villagers were bused to the town of Timika and are being accommodated in a local hall.
Security forces appeared to gain the upper hand in the standoff with separatists on Friday and evacuated more than 340 people who were migrants from other regions.
Two people were killed in a security operation on Nov. 17.
Indonesia’s military said they were separatists while a spokesman for the National Liberation Army of West Papua said they were civilians.