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UN Says Thousands Homeless After Zimbabwe Crackdown

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Monday, the UN humanitarian affairs office said many of those whose homes were razed or burned are now sleeping outdoors.

Meanwhile, at least 17-thousand people have been arrested for running unlicensed businesses from makeshift kiosks. An American photographer was arrested in the city of Mutare Monday, for taking pictures of the destruction without government permission.

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has praised the crackdown begun earlier this month, saying it will lead to a better urban environment.

But the political opposition has filed suit to stop the demolitions. Religious leaders have accused the government of waging "war against the poor."

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP and AFP.