At Least 10 Civilians Killed by Rebels in Congo

Published September 21st, 2020 - 01:02 GMT
Uruguayan peacekeepers from MONUSCO (The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) patrol National Road 27 in Ituri province, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on September 14, 2020. Along this road, villages and vehicles have been targeted by recurring armed attacks by militiamen. Since the end of 2017, the conflict in Ituri has resulted in several hundred deaths and more than one and a half million displaced persons. Most of the massacres are attrib
Uruguayan peacekeepers from MONUSCO (The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) patrol National Road 27 in Ituri province, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on September 14, 2020. Along this road, villages and vehicles have been targeted by recurring armed attacks by militiamen. Since the end of 2017, the conflict in Ituri has resulted in several hundred deaths and more than one and a half million displaced persons. Most of the massacres are attributed to armed militias belonging to the Lendu community and claiming to defend themselves against the Congolese army and the Hema community. ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP
Highlights
Eastern DRC, for the last two decades, is embroiled in ethnic and land disputes, fighting over control of mineral resources, and rivalries between neighboring states.

At least 10 civilians have been killed by a Ugandan rebel group in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a conflict monitor group announced Monday. 

The incident occurred on Sunday night in the town of Mbau, territory of Beni, North-Kivu province, according to the Kivu security

tracker, a joint project of the Congo Research Group and the Human Rights Watch. The latest attack takes the number of civilians killed by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in North-Kivu since November 2019 to at least 580, it said in a tweet.

Eastern DRC, for the last two decades, is embroiled in ethnic and land disputes, fighting over control of mineral resources, and rivalries between neighboring states.

The ADF rebels -- originating in Uganda’s northeast in 1990s -- have been attacking and killing civilians, as well as UN personnel in eastern DRC for the past many years.

In June, the UN condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from ''Indonesia in a cowardly attack in the Beni region."

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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