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Zimbabwe to Destroy Squatter Shacks in Harare

A customer buys orange from vendor, right, in central Harare while waiting in bank queue, background
Zimbabwe's government says it plans to destroy all shacks and unauthorized buildings in the capital, threatening to make tens of thousands of people homeless.

The government says the move is the latest attempt to clean up Harare as part of a crackdown called "Operation Restore Order."

The state-run Herald newspaper says the government is giving residents of squatter shacks three months to relocate.

Since last week, police have arrested nearly 10,000 people in Harare who operate unlicensed street stalls and flea markets.

Zimbabwe's black market is the main livelihood for thousands of people who have lost jobs in the country's economic recession.

Seventy percent of the population is unemployed and the country regularly faces shortages of basic goods, such as corn, sugar and gas.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.