Kampala - At least 18 000 Congolese refugees have fled to
Uganda, the Uganda Red Cross said on Friday, following fresh clashes in the
central African nation.
The Red Cross estimates that another 10 000 may be
seeking to enter Uganda. The refugees started pouring in on Thursday.
Ugandan military forces say the refugees are fleeing
fighting between Congolese government forces and Ugandan dissidents, called the
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The ADF is a Muslim insurgent group that Kampala claims
has ties to Somalia's Islamist militia, al-Shabaab.
The ADF has been waging a low-intensity insurgency
against Uganda since the 1990s.
The refugees are housed in transit camps around the
border town of Bundibugyo.
Emergency supplies - tents, water tanks and food - are
being transported to the area, the Red Cross said.