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Rebel violence in Chad

The New York Times reported that violence between the government and rebels erupted in Chad's capital Monday, causing thousands to flee the city.

The United Nations Security Council decried the violent action of the rebels, demanding an end to their hostile actions.

Chad is currently home to thousands of refugees fleeing ongoing genocide in neighboring Sudan. The violence in Sudan has also spilled into Chad, displacing 200,000 Chadians. Hundreds of thousands of people rely on foreign aid because of the violence in the two countries.

The rebel army entered Ndjamena, the capital of Chad, on Saturday with the intent of deposing the president. The government successfully fought back the rebels to the outskirts of the city, but they returned on Monday.

The government deployed tanks and helicopter gunships, while the rebels fought with automatic weapons and truck-mounted machine guns. Tens of thousands of people left Chad for Cameroon to escape the gunfire.

Chad has a history of unstable government. Chad's current president, Idriss Deby, is believed to have ordered the torture and murder of thousands of people in the past eight years of his presidency.