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Friday, October 1, 1999 Published at 18:02 GMT 19:02 UK

World: Europe

In pictures: Chechnya's refugee crisis

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Refugee children sit in a bus marked "Grozny" at a checkpoint near Sleptsovskaya.

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Chechens cross the border with Ingushetia, carrying few belongings.

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Russian police have set up roadblocks to stop suspected Islamic militants slipping across the borders to stage more attacks

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At registration offices like this in the Ingush capital, Nazran, refugees line up as they wait to be registered.

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A child sleeps in a refugee camp some 30 km (19 miles) east of Nazran...

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...while others play with a toy pistol.

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Russian Emergency Situations Ministry workers load medical equipment onto a plane. The ministry sends a field hospital for refugees in Ingushetia.

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