The organization and the Malian Red Cross started distributing food and essential supplies on Friday to more than 28,000 people displaced in the northern Gao region. The United Nations humanitarian office said Thursday that the fighting had forced 195,000 people to flee their homes. The refugees have headed mostly to Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria. Tuareg rebels are waging their biggest offensive since a 2009 rebellion.
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