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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 November, 2003, 15:36 GMT
Rebels 'club' Ugandans to death
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Twelve civilians have been bludgeoned to death with clubs in northern Uganda.

The army blamed the attack in Lira on Lords Resistance Army rebels who have killed and maimed thousands during the country's 17-year civil war.

However, a priest from the area says eyewitnesses told him over 50 civilians died during several attacks on Monday.

"We want protection... Let them stop this slaughter of innocent civilians like animals," Father Sebhat Ayele told the BBC's Focus on Africa.

The priest claims that 200 civilians have been killed in the last three weeks.

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Father Sebhat Ayele is calling for the United Nations to take action.

This plea comes just days after a United Nations envoy said that the humanitarian situation in northern Uganda is worse than that of Iraq.

The envoy called for greater international attention and for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

The BBC's Will Ross in Kampala says there is currently an amnesty in place for the rebels but at the same time the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is sending out the message that the rebels will be crushed by the army.

Meanwhile vulnerable civilians continue to die at the hands of the rebels and the number displaced by the conflict - currently estimated at 1.3 million - continues to rise.




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