Congolese seek refuge around UN base

2013-03-01 10:03

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New York - Renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo sent 3 000 to 4 000 people looking for refuge around a UN camp in Kitchanga, North Kivu, deputy UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey said on Thursday.

The fighting broke out just days after regional leaders signed a peace deal pledging to abandon any support for armed militia trying to gain control over resource-rich areas.

The situation in the Kitchanga area remains tense after the rebel group Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APCLS) clashed with Congolese troops on Wednesday killing 36 people including 10 civilians.

The spokesperson said UN peacekeepers continue to monitor the area heavily using combat helicopters.

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