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UN aid convoy enters east Congo rebel zone

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UN aid convoy enters east Congo rebel zone

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Amid growing warnings that a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a UN aid convoy has reached refugees.

The convoy has brought medicine and water purification tablets to help some of the tens of thousands of civilians displaced by fighting.

The United Nations is hoping much-needed food supplies will follow this delivery inside a rebel-held zone.

But many people look to have abandoned unprotected camps around the town of Rutshuru, 70 kilometres north of the North Kivu provincial capital, Goma. They are thought to be roaming the bush, seeking shelter.

A ceasefire declared by renegade Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda is holding. But he says his rebels will oust the government unless it changes its position and agress to direct talks.

Visiting the region, the French and British foreign ministers have been trying to help resolve the crisis.
While they failed to announce a deployment of EU troops to Congo, Bernard Kouchner and David Miliband did call for more international aid.