Just a few weeks in the past, the Senegalese army launched an operation towards rebels within the Casamance area, which borders Gambia.
Greater than 6,000 individuals have fled their houses in Gambia and Senegal following clashes between Senegalese troopers and separatists close to the Gambian border.
The figures got here in a assertion from the Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Company (NDMA) within the Gambia on Tuesday.
On March 13, the Senegalese army launched an operation towards rebels combating for independence within the West African nation’s southern Casamance area, which borders Gambia.
Combating pushed 691 individuals in Casamance to cross over and search refuge in Gambia, a tiny nation of about 2 million individuals nearly absolutely enveloped by Senegal, the NDMA stated in an evaluation of the aftermath.
An extra 5,626 individuals had been displaced throughout the Gambia itself after Senegalese bullets landed in border villages. Households internet hosting the affected are in want of humanitarian help, it added.
The Casamance separatist motion, which has thrived on perceived marginalisation of the area wedged between The Gambia to its north and Guinea-Bissau to the south, dates again to 1982.
It has been largely dormant since a ceasefire in 2014. But it surely has continued to finance itself by way of timber trafficking between Senegal and Gambia and launches occasional assaults.
Two Senegalese troopers had been killed when combating final flared up in January this 12 months.