Tuesday, July 27, 1999 Published at 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Ambon violence flares again
Violence has fanned out from Ambon to the other islands
Religious clashes flared again on Indonesia's eastern island of Ambon on Tuesday, leaving at least 14 people dead, according to reports.
The governor of Maluku province, which includes Ambon, told the BBC that some of the rioters were killed by police when they opened fire to try to separate the warring groups.
The violence first erupted on Saturday in the town of Poka where many buildings were set on fire, and it has now spread to Ambon city.
By Tuesday morning it had even spread to the largest shopping centre in the Maluku provincial capital.
The violence that first erupted on 19 January has divided the island on sectarian lines.
Local people in Ambon, some 1,440 miles east of Jakarta, had expressed concern that some security forces were being withdrawn during a two-month lull in the violence. Many locals still fear revenge attacks by people on both sides.
Tuesday was the third anniversary of one of the very first riots in Jakarta in 1996 which killed at least five people.
Much of the most recent violence has been in the disputed territory of East Timor and the staunchly Muslim region of Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra.