Eastern DRC: Many villages come under M23 control

#Other Countries : Several villages in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have come under the control of rebels of the March 23 Movement (M23), following clashes with Congolese forces in the Rutshuru region, we learned from local sources on Saturday.

“There were quite violent clashes around the power plant this morning”, in the Virunga Park area, “the front line is in Matebe”, in the area of ​​Rutsuru, North Kivu province, told the press. ‘AFP A source within this reserve .

“M23 rebels captured Gisiza, Gasiza, Bugusa, Bikende-Bugusa, Kinyamahura, Rwambeho, Tshengrero, Rubavu and Basare”, they still keep “Runoni and Tchanzu”, detailed for AFP Nestor Bazirake, which Coordinates with civil society organizations. A group of zombies (a group of villages).

The army controlled Bunagana City and the Rwanguba Bridge, he said, for “fearing” new rebel attacks, “residents fled to Ugandan, Kiwanza and Rutsuru centre”, two Congolese territories.

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The situation in the neighboring area of ​​Kabindi was “quiet”, but “residents are afraid, some spend the night in schools and others in the woods”, testified AFP to a resident, Jean de Diu Uvimana, who arrived by telephone from Goma. , the provincial capital.

Attempts by AFP to contact regional military and administrative sources were unsuccessful.

After a few days of peace, fighting resumed between the Army and the M23 on Wednesday.

In a video dated Friday, an M23 spokesman said the rebel movement had retaliated “strongly” against the army’s attack.

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Coming from a former Congolese Tutsi insurgency, the M23, also known as the “Congolese Revolutionary Army”, was defeated by the FARDC in 2013, but reappeared late last year, with the Kinshasa authorities over its demobilization. Accused of not having a respectable commitment. fighters

On 28 and 29 March, he left his high bastions and attacked army posts.

After two days of heavy fighting, which caused the flight of thousands of villagers to the center of Rutshuru and towards Uganda, the rebels declared a “unilateral ceasefire”, which they claimed was “a settlement of the crisis of peace that they would face”. (them) against the government”.

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