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Refugees flee violence in Mali

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A young Malian refugee shelters in M'bere camp near Bassiknouin south-east Mauritania on May 2.

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Malian refugee children play in the M'bere refugee camp near Bassiknou in the Nema region of Southwestern Mauritania on May 2.

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A youmg girl poses in the M'bere refugee camp near Bassiknou in the Nema region of Southwestern Mauritania on May 2. More than 320,000 people have fled their homes in Mali since mid-January, with more than half seeking refuge in neighbouring countries, UN officials said.

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Malian army soldiers patrol in the M'bere refugee camp near Bassiknou in the Nema region of Southwestern Mauritania on May 2.

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A Malian refugee holds her children in the M'bere refugee camp near Bassiknou in the Nema region of Southwestern Mauritania on May 2.

 From Reuters: BAMAKO  - Gunfire erupted in Mali's capital Bamako on Wednesday in the third day of clashes between the military junta and soldiers loyal to the ousted president, forcing residents to flee for cover, witnesses said.

A Malian security source told Reuters the junta's troops were asking people to leave their buildings as they searched for remaining loyalist fighters, including suspected foreign mercenaries, who had mounted a counter-coup attempt.

"The evacuation is meant to help the work of the soldiers who are in the process of sweeping the city in search of mercenaries that have infiltrated the population," the source said, asking not to be named. For the latest on this violence in Mali click here.