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Thousands Flee Burundi Fighting

Thousands of civilians are reported to be on the move in central Burundi, amid reports of heavy fighting between the army and ethnic Hutu rebels of the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD). There are reports of the army using heavy artillery in the central province of Gitega, and fierce battles in the east and the north-west. The BBC’s Prime Ndikumagenge in the capital, Bujumbura, says some of the people who have fled in Gitega are sheltering in Catholic churches outside the towns where they live, and thousands of others have travelled many miles from the fighting. The violence has continued despite both sides signing a ceasefire in December. Our correspondent says that many troops are involved in the fighting on both sides. Full Story

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