More Bombs Dropped In Kisoro As DRC-M23 Trade Accusations

Uganda’s south western district of Kisoro was on Monday morning shelled by rockets from the Democratic Republic of Congo as the latter’s army continued to battle M23 rebels. 

The DRC army has in recent weeks expelled M23 from towns they had occupied across eastern Congo.
The DRC army has in recent weeks expelled M23 from towns they had occupied across eastern Congo.

It comes four days after bombs from the DR Congo side dropped in Uganda’s border town injuring five people.

DR Congo’s army accused rebels of shelling Bunagana border town on Monday and said it showed the M23 group’s declaration of a ceasefire over the weekend was worthless.

The rebels, however, said government forces had attacked their positions in the steep, forested hills along the Ugandan frontier with heavy weapons fire on Monday morning.

“This is not fighting, it is bombs launched by M23 targeting the population of Bunagana,” Congo army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli said.

“They are targeting civilians. The call for a ceasefire was a lie,” Hamuli said, adding Congo’s military would pursue the rebels.

UPDF spokesman Lt Col Ankunda confirms several people have been injured after bombshells, believed to have come from #DRC forces hit Kisoro.

The DRC army has in recent weeks expelled M23 from towns they had occupied across eastern Congo, making mediators hopeful of a deal to end the conflict.

However the latest violence, which comes as South Africa hosts leaders from the Great Lakes region and southern Africa to try to push the peace process forward, underlines the gulf that remains between the Kinshasa government and the rebels.

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