PARIS (Reuters) - International lawyers representing the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Wednesday new evidence gathered from whistleblowers indicates that Apple is sourcing minerals from conflict areas in the east of the country.

In a statement, the lawyers urged Apple to answer questions about its supply chain in the country, and said they were evaluating legal options.

(Reporting by Sonia Rolley; Writing by Bate Felix, editing by Silvia Aloisi)