Foxconn iPhone 5 facility closes after brawl

A Foxconn plant in Taiyuan, China, closed after a large brawl in a company dormitory, according to Reuters. About 2,000 workers were involved in the melee. Foxconn said the fighting stemmed from a personal disagreement, but Internet posts claimed that factory guards had beaten workers.

Roughly 79,000 people are employed at the Taiyuan plant. Though Foxconn does not confirm which of its factories supply Apple, an employee told Reuters that iPhone 5 parts are made and assembled at the plant; reports suggest that aluminum backs are made there. The plant’s closure could last for two or three days, according to an employee, but no time frame has been publicly announced.

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