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More than 5000 congolese cross into uganda

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The U.N. refugee agency says 5,680 Congolese have fled fighting in eastern Congo and crossed into Uganda over the past three days.

Spokeswoman Roberta Russo says the Congolese refugees lived in villages and at Nakivale refugee camp near the border. The agency released the information today.

The fighting pits Congo’s army against a rebel group claiming to be protecting the area’s Tutsi minority.

Different groups have fought Congolese soldiers in eastern Congo for several years. Residents in the region normally flee to Uganda and then return home when things calm down.