Saturday, August 29, 1998 Published at 20:58 GMT 21:58 UK
Congo rebels quit key port
A man suspected of being a rebel is thrown from a bridge. . .
Reports from the Democratic Republic of Congo say rebel forces have evacuated the strategic port city of Matadi on the Congo river, 350 km southwest of the capital, Kinshasa.
The reports say Angolan troops supporting the government of President Laurent Kabila entered the city without a fight.
After three days of fighting, there was sporadic shooting and shelling early on Saturday, but correspondents in the city said this had since died down and heavy weapons fire had ceased.
The government of President Laurent Kabila itself is supported by troops from Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
The BBC's Mark Doyle says that if these countries continue to back him heavily, it is likely he will resist the attempt by the rebels to overthrow him in Kinshasa.
Uganda has admitted its troops are operating deep inside the Congo, but says they are just protecting its national interests and are not involved directly in the conflict.
When the war started President Kabilia predicted that it would be long and hard.
With at least five foreign armies now involved in Congo and complex alliances building up between rebels and governments from several countries, our correspondent says this is becoming increasingly likely.