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Central Africa airlifts to start Saturday: Agency

Published on Jan 11, 2014 7:50 AM

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The international migration agency announced it will start airlifting thousands of people out of strife-torn Central African Republic on Saturday following appeals from neighboring countries.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said at least 33,000 people from other African nations need "urgent" help in the Central African Republic.

An IOM statement said the first three flights will take about 800 Chadians home from Bangui.

Chadians have been the target of attacks in the country and the group is among about 2,500 who fled to a transit camp next to Bangui airport, the statement said.

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