UN said fighting broke out on Thursday in the town of Kidal in Mali’s desert north between pro-government militia and a Tuareg-dominated rebel coalition.
A Kidal resident, Ahamadou Thegoum said they were in the mosque when they heard a few gunshots.
“The sound of gunfire was more intense than yesterday. It started u p again around 5am this morning” he said.
The sound of gunfire was more intense than yesterday. It started u p again around 5am this morning.
The violence highlights the increasingly break-down of a UN backed deal signed a year ago between the government in the southern capital Bamako and northern armed groups meant to bring to an end a long cycle of uprisings.
Mali’s peace keeping mission, MINUSMA says the fighting was a violation of the ceasefire by both rival groups which they had agreed to, as part of a deal.
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