Tension As M23 Rebels, DRC Forces Resume Clashes

Fresh fighting has broken out between M23 rebels and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces backed by the United Nations forces in Kinyandoni -Ishasha areas in Eastern DRC.

The rebels claimed the clashes started after Congolese government forces attempted to overrun an area under their control. The government forces on the other hand accuse the rebels of provocation.

The M23 rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
The M23 rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Colonel Olivier Hamuli, the spokesperson of the Congolese army says armed with heavy and light weapons, the rebels tried to advance towards Mabenga village, which is under government forces.

Hamuli says they fought back because they cannot tolerate such provocation. According to Hamuli a government soldier was shot and injured in the fighting.

The rebels gained an upper hand in the clash and pushed towards Kiwanja town, about 10 kilometers from Mabenga village in Rutshuru territory, North Kivu province.

Bertrand Bisiimwa, the M23 rebel’s President while speaking to local media denied claims that they attacked any government positions. He however, says they repulsed an attack by government forces on their position.

M23 rebel leader Bisimwa Bertrand speaks to the media recently in Bunagana.
M23 rebel leader Bisimwa Bertrand speaks to the media recently in Bunagana.

He faults the government forces starting chaos to disrupt the ongoing peace talks in Kampala. Bisiimwa insists that the current crisis in the country can only be resolved through peace talks and not hostilities.

He appeals to the international community to slap sanctions on the Joseph Kabila government.

Our reporter couldn’t independently verify who started the fighting.

1 thought on “Tension As M23 Rebels, DRC Forces Resume Clashes

  1. Kinyandoni is my home village and when am there i can’t move anyway…….we are safariing and we need help from all over the world

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