Thousands flee Congo as fighting intensifies

Nov 04, 2013, 6:14 AM EST
REUTERS/Kenny Katombe

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military and humanitarian workers say fighting between Congolese forces and M23 rebels intensified Monday morning, forcing thousands more Congolese to seek refuge in Uganda.

Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, Uganda's top military spokesman, said Monday that Uganda has now deployed troops and tanks at the border after projectiles fired from Congo landed in the country.

Ankunda said Uganda had protested to Congo's government after five people were wounded in at least two incidents.

Lucy Beck, a spokeswoman for the U.N. refugee agency in Uganda, said the Bunagana border area has become "too dangerous" for refugees and humanitarian workers.

Fighting persists despite a call on Sunday by M23's president for a cease-fire. Peace talks in Uganda are believed to be deadlocked over amnesty for rebel commanders.

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