Chad's Capital Tense with Reports of Nearing Rebels
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BBC reporter Stephanie Hancock is in Chad and says the rebels aren't just posing a threat to the capital.
STEPHANIE HANCOCK: There is a danger on several fronts, and while there it still a threat to the capital, they're still very much a threat in the east as well. So the situation is serious. There are essentially up to three rebel columns in Chad, moving about and preparing to strike.
YDSTIE: In a radio broadcast, yesterday, Chad's communications minister accused neighboring Sudan of financing the rebels. Sudanese leaders in Khartoum have made similar charges against Chad.
HANCOCK: Both the government of N'Djamena and Khartoum are backing rebel groups, trying to bring down the other's leader. So the Darfur crises does play a part in this, of course - particularly because this is an unmonitored massive piece of terrain, through which both of these rebel groups can move with relative freedom.
YDSTIE: That's the BBC's Stephanie Hancock with the latest news from Chad.
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