A Mozabite Berber man reacts at his burnt house after clashes between Arabs and Mozabits in Guerrara near Ghardaia, Algeria, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Algeria was mobilizing its army Thursday after 22 people were killed in the worst ethnic clashes between Berbers and Arabs in years, as more details emerged of the violence.The fighting erupted late Tuesday in the town of Guerara in the M'zab valley, a UNESCO world heritage site on the edge of the Sahara that has seen mounting tensions between its Berber and Arab communities.A Berber leader told AFP that 16 of the dead were from his community and three were Arabs.Berbers represent around 30 percent of the Algerian population and have long considered themselves marginalized by the country's dominant Arab culture.Guerara is a modern town but the M'zab is famed for five ancient fortified hilltop towns built by the Berbers nearly 1,000 years ago.
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