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Congolese stream into Burundi

Some 17,000 refugees have streamed into northern Burundi from the Democratic Republic of Congo since clashes earlier this month. “More refugees are expected, given the situation is so unstable,” said the UNHCR’s Jennifer Pagonis. A dissident general threatened to resume attacks on Tuesday and warned new government troop movements could plunge the area into fresh conflict. The fleeing civilians say they are terrified of renewed fighting. The Congolese government has accused Rwanda of massing troops on its border and dismissed General Laurent Nkunda’s ultimatum, urging him to surrender instead. DR Congo’s Foreign Minister Antoine Ghonda told the BBC that troops loyal to General Nkunda had committed crimes including looting and rape and should be brought to justice. Full Story

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