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New Rebel Gain in Liberia

A newly-formed rebel group, the Movement for Democracy in Liberia, is in control of the strategic south-eastern port town of Greenville, admits the government. Liberian Defence Minister Daniel Chea says the group captured the town over the weekend. Mr Chea said thousands of civilians were fleeing the south-east “to seek safety from the ongoing fighting”. The region is the centre of a logging industry which the government allegedly uses to fund arms purchases in violation of a United Nations embargo. The minister said the rebels had also captured the north-eastern town of Tappita, near the border with Ivory Coast. Liberia and Ivory Coast accuse each other of backing their rebel enemies. Dozens have been reported killed in Ivory Coast in recent days, including a key Ivorian rebel leader, Felix Doh. Full Story

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