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Wednesday, 1 December, 1999, 11:18 GMT
New fighting in DR Congo



Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused government forces of starting a new offensive against rebel positions near the northern town of Bukungu.

A rebel spokesman said Congolese troops were attacking from both air and river, but had failed to take Bukungu because of strong rebel resistance.

The spokesman called for international condemnation of what he said was continuing aggression by President Kabila and his allies.

There's been no independent confirmation of the fighting. On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council called on the secretary-general, Kofi Annan, to equip five-hundred UN military observers for service in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the UN is trying to help enforce a three-month-old ceasefire.

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