A man hold a placard, left, reading 'Africa is all for Africans' prior to a march against immigrant attacks in South Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Police and soldiers officers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant attacks in downtown Johannesburg as South Africa continued a crackdown in xenophobic violence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A man hold a placard, left, reading 'Africa is all for Africans'  prior to a march against immigrant attacks in South Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Police and soldiers officers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant attacks in downtown Johannesburg as South Africa continued a crackdown in xenophobic violence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A man hold a placard, left, reading ‘Africa is all for Africans’ prior to a march against immigrant attacks in South Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

(BBC) – South African soldiers and police have conducted a series of raids in an effort to curb attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of shops.

Men’s hostels in Johannesburg housing mainly South Africans were searched for weapons and 11 arrests were made.

The army was ordered to deploy to volatile areas to stop further attacks that began about three weeks ago.

At least seven people have been killed and 5,000 have been left homeless since the xenophobic violence began.

The army was also deployed during similar violence in 2008, when at least 63 people were killed.

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