“About 600 Mozambicans seeking asylum have been repelled from Tanzania,” UNHCR said in a statement, expressing “concern” about the fate of these people “forcibly returned” to their country.
Today at the end of the day, the government had not yet reacted to this information.
On March 24, armed groups attacked Palma, a port city with 75,000 inhabitants, killing dozens of civilians, police and military.
The secretly prepared attack, launched just a few kilometers from the French group’s gas mega project Total, on the Afungi peninsula, was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.
The Mozambican army has regained control – at least partially – of the city today, according to Mozambican authorities.
About 10,000 people were displaced by the attack, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Nearly 23,000 people are currently in the Afungi region, under military protection, according to IOM.
The authorities believe, however, in the presence of rebels infiltrated among the displaced.
Many inhabitants found refuge in the bush, without access to food or water, fleeing to districts further south, now under army control, or further north, near the Tanzanian border.
Get the latest news delivered to your inbox
Follow us on social media networks