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Rebels Destroyed 595 Health Facilities, Report Says

January 13, 1988

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) _ Right-wing rebels have destroyed 595 of the country’s 1,921 health centers, cutting off health care to about two million people, the national AIM news agency said Tuesday.

It said the figures were for a period ending in 1986 and statistics for 1987 were not yet available.

AIM said the facilities attacked by guerrillas of the Mozambique National Resistance ranged from hospitals to small rural clinics.

The rebels have been fighting for 11 years to topple Mozambique’s Marxist government.

In a note released Tuesday in Lisbon, Portugal, the guerrillas claimed they seized army outposts in four provinces in fighting between Jan. 1-9. They said they killed 27 government soldiers and 61 support troops from neighboring Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

The Mozambican National Resistance, known by its Portuguese acromyn RENAMO, put its own casualties at eight dead and 41 wounded.

The note signed by the rebels’ Lisbon spokesman, Manuel Frank, said the insurgents overran joint Mozambican-Zimbabwean bases at Espungabera and Mungari in Sofala and Manica provinces.

Frank said RENAMO forces destroyed three government military units at Vila Caldas Xavier in Tete province during the same period.

All three provinces border Zimbabwe in central Mozambique.

In northeastern Nampula province, rebels took the army post at Namatil, the note said.

The report by AIM said an estimated 4.5 million of Mozambique’s 14 million people face food shortages and about 2 million people have been displaced because of the fighting.

″The deliberate destruction of health facilities has caused immeasurable suffering ... mostly to children,″ said Julie Cliff and Abdul Noormohamed, doctors with the Ministry of Health.

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