Fighting nears Liberian capital

Rebels in Liberia are reported to have entered the suburbs of the capital, Monrovia, as President Charles Taylor struggles to hold on to power.

The BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Leyleh told News Online on Friday morning that hundreds of troops were seen heading to the western suburbs. The UN is also reported to have relocated from its compound on the outskirts of Monrovia to the city centre. Aid workers say thousands of refugees have fled in terror from camps on the outskirts of the city. The refugees were trying to reach the centre of Monrovia despite the army trying to block them, said Ramin Rafirasme, West African spokesman for the World Food Programme. Full Story

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