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Vol 37 No 22

Published 1st November 1996

The balance of forces

Kinshasa fights with its eastern neighbours after failing to crush the Banyamulenge

As the Zaïrean and Rwandan armed forces traded mortar fire across the border at Cyangugu on 29 October, the conflict in Kivu formally became a regional one. Leading the offensive against Zaïrean army positions in Kivu are the Banyamulenge militias (drawn from Tutsi in eastern Zaïre) supported by government soldiers from Burundi and Rwanda.

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