Rebel forces in Chad claim to have taken control of another town in a rapid advance towards a major city. This, just a day after the Chadian government criticised European Union soldiers of turning a blind eye to the killings of civilians and refugees.
The fall of the town of Am-Zoer, if confirmed, takes the rebels closer to the city of Abeche, the base for international humanitarian operations working along the border with Sudan. The UN refugee agency yesterday suspended its activities in Chad’s eastern border zone, blaming a worsening security situation.
Some 3,000 EUFOR soldiers have a mandate to protect displaced Chadians and refugees from Sudan. However, commanders say they will not get involved in the conflict between the government and the rebels. France gave strong backing to President Idriss Deby in February when he survived a rebel assault in the west of the country.