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Crisis in Chad

Published:Monday | February 4, 2008 | 9:58 AM

Armed forces have used tanks and helicopter gun ships in an attempt to drive back rebels from the Presidential Palace in Chad’s capital N\'Djamena.

The rebels, who want to overthrow President Idriss Deby, seized large parts of the city on Saturday.

BBC reports say the crisis could have major implications on efforts to end the conflict in Darfur.

French Defence Minister, Herve Morin said President Deby, still has between 2,000 and 3,000 men under his authority, despite rebel claims that government troops are defecting.