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UN: Thousands of CAR Refugees Pouring into Chad


The U.N. refugee agency says at least 2,500 people have arrived in Chad during the past week, fleeing violence in the Central African Republic.

Agency spokesman, Ron Redmond said Friday some of the refugees say they were attacked by armed rebels, while others say government troops assaulted their villages.

Turmoil in the Central African Republic has forced thousands from their homes in recent months.

Many of the new arrivals settle near the town of Bekoninga, just across the Chadian border. From there, many have settled in three refugee camps.

The influx of refugees has put a strain on U.N. resources. In all, some 45,000 refugees from the Central African Republic are in Chad.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.