UN chief says 100,000 refugees trapped in Congo

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general is calling for an immediate cease-fire to urgently help at least 100,000 refugees cut off by fighting in rebel-held areas north of Goma in eastern Congo.

Ban Ki-moon told reporters Tuesday that the refugees have almost no help and the situation is growing increasingly desperate.

He said 250,000 people have been displaced by fighting in eastern Congo and "for 100,000 ... (the) lifeline has been cut off."

Ban said he was mobilizing all U.N. humanitarian agencies to help.

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