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Displaced Shias relocated from Indonesia sports facility

Officials on Thursday (June 20th) began relocating 160 Shia Muslims who had taken refuge in a sports facility after attacks on their villages forced them from their homes nine months ago in the Sampang Regency of Madura Island, local media reported. 

Their belongings were placed in trucks and a bus owned by the East Java provincial government was used to transport the refugees.

"We're confused about where they want to take us," Matsali, a displaced person, told The Jakarta Globe.
Tempo reported the Shia and their belongings are being moved to Sidoarjo.

National Police chief Timur Pradopo said 2,000 police officers were assigned to the area and that no one was injured during the resettlement operation witnesses say was marked by shouting and crying. Hundreds of Sunni Muslims reportedly gathered to cheer as the Shia were relocated from the facility.