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Rwanda expels Burundi refugees after espionage accusations

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<p>Nearly 400 Burundians living in Rwanda have been forced out of the country.</p> <p>The government of Rwanda expelled the Burundi refugees accusing some of them of espionage.</p> <p>“We were accused of being envoys of Burundi government and sent there to spy on Rwanda,” said one of the refugees while speaking to Reuters.</p> <p>A local government official from Bugabira district near the border with Burundi where the incident occured, confirmed the evictions and said that it occured on Thursday and Friday.</p> <p>The incident brings the number of expelled Burundians to at least 1,700 and comes less than a month after Rwanda expatriated more than 1,300 refugees.</p> <p>The expulsions have soured relations between the neighbouring countries.</p> <p>Burundi’s government accuses Rwanda of interfering in its political crisis that has led to the death of more than 400 people while over 250,000 have fled the country.</p> <p>The government of Rwanda however continues to deny the allegations and says that the Burundians being expelled were in the country illegally.</p> <p><strong><em>Reuters</em></strong></p>

We were accused of being envoys of Burundi government and sent there to spy on Rwanda.

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