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New Congolese fighting forces refugees to flee

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New Congolese fighting forces refugees to flee


Fresh fighting has erupted between rebels and government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo, increasing pressure on African leaders meeting at a peace summit in Kenya. The clashes erupted shortly after the United Nations said it was investigating claims that Tutsi forces loyal to renegade General Laurent Nkunda massacred civilians in their homes in the eastern town of Kiwanja.

In the latest violence, government and rebel troops have exchanged mortar and rocket fire near Kibati in the DRC’s North Kivu province, where a quarter of a million people have fled recent fighting. The UN agency, which runs the nearby refugee camp, says the clashes have interrupted the hand-out of aid and caused widespread panic.

A Uruguayan UN commander, meanwhile, has said that troops reinforcing government lines are from Angola. Its government is a staunch supporter of the DRC, but it has vowed not to directly intervene.

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