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Wounded M23 rebels crossed into Rwanda: Red Cross

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Ninety-five wounded fighters from the Democratic Republic of Congo's rebel M23 movement, defeated by the Congolese army with UN backing, have crossed into Rwanda and are receiving medical treatment there, the Red Cross said Thursday.

"The total number is 95 wounded M23 rebels... 19 crossed over last week, yesterday we received 51 and today an additional 25," Angelique Murungi of the Rwandan Red Cross told AFP.

"We give them blankets, first aid etc and the International Committee of the Red Cross takes them to hospital and takes care of their medical requirements," she said.

Murungi said all of the wounded insurgents are being treated at the hospital in the town of Rubavu, formerly known as Gisenyi, which lies in northwestern Rwanda on the border with DR Congo.

Rwanda has been accused by the United Nations of backing the M23 but has consistently denied the charge.

Some 1,500 M23 rebels have fled the DR Congo and surrendered to the authorities in neighbouring Uganda, a Ugandan army officer said.

Rebels chief Sultani Makenga is also in the hands of the Ugandan army, according to another senior Ugandan officer, though it is not clear whether he surrendered.

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