INDONESIA: FIGHTING ERRUPTS BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND MOSLEMS IN RAVAGED EASTERN INDONESIAN ISLAND OF AMBON
- Title: INDONESIA: FIGHTING ERRUPTS BETWEEN CHRISTIANS AND MOSLEMS IN RAVAGED EASTERN INDONESIAN ISLAND OF AMBON
- Date: 24th December 1999
- Summary: AMBON, INDONESIA (DECEMBER 24, 1999) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) **QUALITY AS INCOMING** 1. SV: SOLDIERS AND CROWD ON THE STREET (2 SHOTS) 0.07 2. MV: MILITARY BARRICADE 0.12 AMBON, INDONESIA (DECEMBER 26 1999) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3. VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS AND CROWD BEHIND A BARRICADE AS GUNFIRE RINGS OUT 0.20 4. VARIOUS PEOPLE IN STREETS CROUCHING WITH SOUND OF GUN SHOTS (2 SHOTS) 0.29 5. VARIOUS NIGHT SHOTS OF SILO CHURCH BURNING (4 SHOTS) 0.55 6. SLV: CAR BURNING 1.02 AMBON, INDONESIA (DECEMBER 27, 1999) (REUTERS -ACCESS ALL) 7. SLV: DAY TIME SHOTS OF BURNT SILO CHURCH 1.08 8. SLV: MEN CARRYING RIFLES WALKING 1.14 9. SV: MEN WITH RIFLES AND OTHER HOMEMADE WEAPONS SITTING BEHIND FENCE 1.18 10. MLV: SMOKE FROM BURNING BUILDING (2 SHOTS) 1.28 11. SLV: BURNING BUILDING 1.33 12. MV: VARIOUS OF MEN WITH GUNS CROUCHING (2 SHOTS) 1.41 13. MLV: BURNING BUILDING WITH SOUND OF GUNFIRE 1.50 14. MV: MEN WITH GUNS 1.57 15. MLV: PEOPLE IN STREETS FLEEING FROM GUNFIRE 1.58 16. MV: MAN WITH HOME MADE GUN WALKING (SOUND OF GUN SHOTS) 2.05 17. SV: DEAD MAN IN HOSPITAL 2.10 18. VARIOUS OF INJURED AT HOSPITAL (3 SHOTS) 2.26 19. MV: MEN WITH GUNS SITTING BY VAN FILLED WITH BELONGINGS 2.33 20. SV: FAMILY WITH BELONGINGS ON BOARD A PICK-UP TRUCK (2 SHOTS) 2.40 21. SV: MEN WITH RIFLES 2.46 22. SLV: VARIOUS OF BURNING BUILDING/ WIDE OF STREET WITH BURNING (2 SHOTS) 3.01 23. SLV: INJURED BEING LED TO A TRUCK (SOUND OF GUN SHOTS) 3.11 24. SLV: PEOPLE RUNNING ON THE STREET 3.16 25. SLV: PEOPLE FLEEING WITH THEIR BELONGINGS (2 SHOTS) 3.29 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: AMBON, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
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- Story Text: Fighting between Christians and Moslems has erupted
in the ravaged eastern Indonesian island of Ambon, with more
than 50 people feared dead and scores injured, including a
Japanese man who was shot and wounded.
The latest violence erupted in Ambon, the provincial
capital of the Moluccas, on Sunday (December 26) after reports
that a 14-year-old Moslem boy had been run over by a vehicle
driven by a Christian.
Soldiers tried but failed to stop residents armed with
rifles and homemade weapons from taking to the streets.
On Sunday evening, the town's Silo church was burnt
down.Another building was burnt down the next day and the
violence continued through Tuesday (December 28) with police
reporting more clashes between rival groups.
A nurse at Ambon's Bhakti Rahayu hospital told Reuters
that a 28-year-old Japanese pearl company executive was shot
in the stomach and left shoulder by a group of armed residents
on Tuesday.The man is said to be in stable condition
following surgery.Further details about the shooting were not
A hospital official also said at least 46 people have
been killed and hundreds more wounded in the renewed fighting,
some of the fiercest yet in Ambon, which has been battered by
almost a year of religious violence.
Residents said they expected the death toll to rise.
The clashes followed fighting between Christians and
Moslems last week that killed 43 people on the island of Buru,
west of Ambon.
The official Antara news agency reported on Tuesday at
least 100 people had been killed in similar violence on
Halmahera island, also part of the Spice Islands, since the
start of the Moslem fasting month early in December.
It said clashes were continuing in a number of areas on
Once held up as a model of religious harmony in mostly
Moslem Indonesia, Ambon erupted in sectarian violence in
Earlier this month, Indonesian President Abdurrahman
Wahid visited Ambon to plead for an end to the fighting.
Following his visit there have been repeated clashes in the
At least 800 people have been killed this year in
Moluccas violence and thousands of residents have been
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