The day before the incident, Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye returned home from a two-day visit to Mozambique and Ethiopia. He promised that peacekeepers from those two nations might be deployed within one or two weeks. - Adam Geibel
Renewed fighting between FNL (the other rebel group, and not willing to negotiate) and Burundian troops over the August 9-10 weekend forced at least 30,000 people to flee their homes. Rebels from the larger of two FNL factions fired on government troops on patrol in a rebel-held neighborhood and one soldier was reported killed. A rebel spokesman described the government patrol into the rebel-held area as "a provocation." The FNL faction also maintains bases in the string of hills overlooking the city on Lake Tanganyika.