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Congo Army Factions Clash in Eastern Congo-U.N.

Rival army units in Democratic Republic of Congo clashed on Saturday not far from Rwanda, the United Nations said, in another sign of military and political turmoil in the east of the former Zaire. “We have heard reports of heavy fighting south of here,” U.N. spokeswoman Jacqueline Chenard said by telephone from the eastern town of Goma before the 11,000-strong U.N. force in Congo sent up a helicopter to have a look. “We flew over the area and the situation was calm. Whatever had happened must have finished by the afternoon,” she said later on Saturday afternoon. Congo’s mountainous eastern border region has been on edge since Rwanda threatened in November to send troops into its vast neighbor for the third time since 1996, to hunt down Rwandan Hutu militants it blames for cross-border raids. Full Story

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