Up to 2,700 Zimbabwean asylum seekers have set up a temporary "safety camp" in a rural South African town following attacks on their shacks in a dispute over jobs, a human rights group said Nov. 18. South African police fired rubber bullets Nov. 17 to disperse a mob that attacked shacks belonging to hundreds of migrants following several days of tension. The attacks in De Doorns, a town 150 km (90 miles) from Cape Town, was reminiscent of 2008 riots in which foreigners were targeted. At least 42 people died and tens of thousands were displaced across South Africa. "At the moment between 1,300 and 2,700 people, mostly Zimbabwean asylum seekers, have set up an internally displaced persons camp site or safety site, at De Doorns sports ground," said Braam Hanekom, coordinator of PASSOP – People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty. (Reuters)

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