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Thousands Flee Burundi Violence

Escalating fighting in Burundi’s northern Kayanza province has uprooted 65,000 people and left many dead. Administration authorities in Burundi are reported to have contacted humanitarian agencies seeking aid for the tens of thousands displaced. Army sources accused rebels belonging to the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) group of attacking a camp set up to house those fleeing Burundi’s decade-old war. “FDD rebels attacked Kayanza province on Monday,” Brigadier-General Sylvestre Nimubona said. “The army responded strongly, many of [the rebels] were killed and others were driven back to a neighbouring commune where the army is still chasing them. I am not able to tell the exact toll as fighting continues in that area.” The rebel faction, led by Pierre Nkurunziza, accused the army of launching an offensive. Full Story

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