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Obama condemns deadly violence in Kenya

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Photo - An injured woman is treated at the district hospital in Malindi Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, following tribal clashes in Kipao village in the Tana River Delta region of southeastern Kenya. At least 39 people including men, women, children, and attackers, were killed when farmers from the Pokomo tribe, armed with spears and AK-47 rifles, raided a village of semi-nomadic Orma herders early Friday in renewed fighting between two communities with a history of violent animosity, a police official said. (AP Photo)
An injured woman is treated at the district hospital in Malindi Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, following tribal clashes in Kipao village in the Tana River Delta region of southeastern Kenya. At least 39 people including men, women, children, and attackers, were killed when farmers from the Pokomo tribe, armed with spears and AK-47 rifles, raided a village of semi-nomadic Orma herders early Friday in renewed fighting between two communities with a history of violent animosity, a police official said. (AP Photo)
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HONOLULU (AP) -- President Barack Obama is condemning violence in Kenya that left at least 39 people dead in renewed fighting between farming and herding communities that have a history of violent animosity.

The White House says in a statement that Obama urges the Kenyan government and police, along with leaders from the Orma and Pokomo communities, to end a deadly cycle of conflict.

At least 39 people were killed early Friday when farmers from the Pokomo tribe raided an Orma village of cattle herders in southeastern Kenya. The violence appears to be driven by competition for water, pasture and other resources in the Tana River Delta.

The Obama administration is calling on all sides to intensify peace efforts in the region and says those responsible for the attack should be held accountable.

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