Rwanda: November 12, 2002

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The Burundian rebel group Conseil national pour la defense de la democratie-Forces pour la defense de la democratie [CNDD-FDD] warned Bujumbura civilians to leave areas near military bases immediately for their own safety. The rebels claim that several Burundian and Rwandan infantry battalions are leading an offensive against the communities of of Bukeye, Teza, Muruta and Matongo. They were supported by Burundian military aircraft dropping "unconventional bombs"

The day before, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni gave both factions in Burundi two weeks to reach a cease-fire or risk the wrath of regional leaders. Museveni threatened to isolate the country, comparing their problem to the Ivory Coast's. South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, who is chairing the talks, was more optimistic and claimed that "for the first time the two parties have discussed the real issues, made progress and identified issues that needed further discussion".

That same day, FNL rebels opened fire on a Burundian military vehicle transporting troops. Three soldiers and three civilian bystanders were wounded by gunfire. The attack caused at least 5,000 people to flee the area, about 12 miles south of the capital. - Adam Geibel 



 

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