The U.N. Security Council has agreed to send 3,100 more peacekeeping troops to conflict-wracked Congo.
Members of the 15-nation council voted unanimously Thursday morning. They say the dire situation required beefing up the 17,000-strong peacekeeping force as requested by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Some also say the increase could encourage a political resolution of the clashes between fighters loyal to rebel leader Laurent Nkunda and the Congolese army along with its allied militias that have created a humanitarian crisis.
Since the fighting erupted in August, at least 250,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and camps where they had previously taken refuge.