Malian rebels seize key border town, more displaced

Published on 09 February 2012

Northern Malian rebels have seized the strategic border town of Tinzawatene after two days of fighting forced government troops to withdraw into Algeria, rebel and government officials said on Wednesday. The fighting in the remote northeastern town comes as aid agencies said some 50,000 Malians have been forced from their homes in three weeks of desert clashes by a rebel force bolstered by Malians returning from Libya's conflict.

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