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Fighting Reported in Northern Rwanda

February 8, 1993

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) _ Government troops and rebels clashed Monday in three areas of northern Rwanda, according to a military source and a radio report.

One fight occurred early Monday in the Ruhengeri area in northwest Rwanda, said the source. The source, who is with military headquarters, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Two other clashes took place in northeast Rwanada, the radio said.

No details were available.

Rebels of the Rwandese Patriotic Front invaded northern Rwanda from neighboring Uganda in October 1990. The insurgents are mostly refugees who fled Rwanda after the Tutsi tribe lost power to the Hutus more than 30 years ago.

The government has said 300 people have died and 4,400 forced to flee their homes since Jan. 22 because of ethnic and politically motivated violence in northern Rwanda. Prime Minister Dismas Nsengiyaremye appealed Sunday for an end to the violence in a radio broadcast and announced a ban on political rallies, a move he said was aimed at reducing tension.

Peace talks began in June and both sides have agreed on a wide range of reforms.

The talks were to resume Jan. 28, but the insurgents accused the government of fanning the violence at home and refused to participate.

The next session was to have addressed the integration of forces, the repatriation of refugees and the settlement of displaced people.

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