Sunday, September 2, 2007

'State of war' in eastern Congo

On Saturday, September 1, 2007, a state of war was declared in eastern DRCongo.

A dissident Congolese army officer says there is a state of war between the government and his forces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Speaking to the BBC, General Laurent Nkunda, a Congolese Tutsi, accused the government of forming an alliance with Hutus to attack his troops.

Heavy fighting is reported in the Kivu region, with the Congolese army moving troops into the area.

The UN refugee agency says tens of thousands have fled from their homes. The UNHCR says people are afraid of being caught between government forces, former Rwandan rebels and troops of General Nkunda.
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