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Hundreds dead in Liberia fighting

Three hundred civilians are said to have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in fierce fighting between rebels and government forces in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Health Minister Peter Coleman told the BBC the casualties were the result of “indiscriminate shelling” by rebel forces. Up to 250,000 people are sleeping rough seeking some kind of safety from fighting in the suburbs. Many people have fled to diplomatic missions, schools and even the national football stadium in search of shelter, but the health ministry said at least nine people died on Wednesday when a US diplomatic compound was hit by rockets. Fighters loyal to President Charles Taylor have pushed rebels back to the outskirts of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, the defence minister Daniel Chea said. Full Story

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