Two killed at Kenyan refugee camp riot - U.N.,residents

Fri Jul 1, 2011 3:51pm GMT

* Two refugees reported dead, 13 injured

* Somali refugees increase in Kenya, Ethiopia

By Daud Yussuf

GARISSA, Kenya, July 1 (Reuters) - Two people were killed when riots broke out at a refugee camp in north eastern Kenya when authorities sought to demolish temporary housing, a U.N. official and residents said on Friday.

Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, hosts 380,000 refugees, with more than 61,000 from Somalia crossing the border into Kenya this year. The influx has caused a heavy strain on limited resources, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Matters came to a head on Thursday, when riots erupted in which two people died.

"Rioting broke out when police sought to disperse a crowd that was protesting an attempt to demolish illegal structures around a food distribution point," UNHCR said in a statement.

"Teargas was used, and later live gunshot. Our information is that two refugees were killed and around a dozen injured."

"This incident (riots) is symptomatic of the pressures at the camp amid overcrowding compounded by the very high number of arrivals we have been seeing recently from Somalia," said Adrian Edwards, the UNHCR spokesman.   Continued...

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