World Bulletin / News Desk
Muhammad Wuld Haddemin, a refugee who escaped from Mali's Timbuktu city, has said that Malian troops divided people into ethnic groups and disbanded Arab as well as Tuareg peoples.
Having been forced to leave Mali due to the French military operations against the rebels, Haddemin spoke to the Anadolu Agency (AA) at the Mauritanian border.
"We arrived here from Timbuktu. Malian troops take Arab and Tuareg peoples out of their homes and confiscate their property. Thank God, we were able to escape. We left our homes, belongings and animals there. There is no war in Mali. There is only a disbandment of the Arab and Tuareg peoples," Haddemin stated.
Another refugee from Timuktu, Hasen Ag Huseyino said that they left behind everything.
"French jets harassed us at the desert. French jets came down as much as our vehicles. They left us after we began running in the desert with my wife and children," Huseyino underlined.
"Those white skinned individuals, and everyone of Arab and Tuareg races in big cities left the country," Huseyino also said.
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