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UN Says Fighting In Northwestern Colombia Has Displaced More than 2,000


The United Nations refugee agency says more than two thousand people have been displaced by fighting between armed factions in northwestern Colombia.

A spokeswoman for the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says hundreds of people fled the fighting near the Colombian town of Pogue late last week and early this week.

The statement says local authorities in the Choco Province town of Bojaya report another 7,000 people could be at risk of displacement in what the UNHCR says is an increasingly critical situation.

UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis says the agency last week sent a team to the region. She says that team monitoring the situation and helping to provide humanitarian assistance.

The United Nations says both left-wing rebels and right-wing militias are operating in the region.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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