Rwanda Defence Pressure says 2 of its troopers detained within the DRC

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  • The Rwanda Defence Pressure mentioned two of its troopers have been detained in jap DRC.
  • The troopers, it mentioned, had been kidnapped by the DRC’s nationwide military, at the side of FDLR rebels.
  • Rwanda mentioned it skilled “provocative aggression” on its territory.

Rwanda implicated the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a insurgent outfit within the disappearance of two Rwanda Defence Pressure (RDF) troopers final week. 

In a press release, RDF mentioned the 2 troopers, “Cpl [corporal] Nkundabagenzi Elysee and Pte [private] Ntwari Gad had been being held by FDLR in jap DRC”.

The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda – additionally recognized by its French identify, Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, (FDLR) – is without doubt one of the final teams of Rwandan rebels nonetheless lively in DRC.

FDLR was based via an amalgamation of different teams of Rwandan refugees in September 2000, together with the previous Military for the Liberation of Rwanda.

FDLR is primarily made up of some actors within the Rwanda genocide of 1994, who’re in opposition to President Paul Kagame.

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RDF blames the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), the DRC’s nationwide military, for final week’s rocket assault on Rwandan civilians, calling it a “provocative aggression”, during which “a number of rockets had been fired on Rwandan territory”.

RDF mentioned the rocket shelling was adopted by a joint operation by FDLR and FARDC, during which they attacked RDF troopers, which resulted within the kidnapping of two troopers on patrol.

“FARDC, with FDLR, attacked RDF alongside our border, and two Rwanda Defence Pressure troopers had been kidnapped whereas on patrol,” the RDF mentioned.

The RDF has since appealed for the discharge of the troopers.

“We name on authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo, that work intently with these genocidal armed teams, to safe the discharge of the RDF troopers,” RDF mentioned.

There was renewed combating in jap DRC between FARDC and the M23 insurgent group, leading to what some humanitarian businesses say has led to the displacement of at the least 37 000 individuals.

The DRC accuses Rwanda of aiding M23, whereas Rwanda implicates the DRC in working with a insurgent group to destabilise Rwanda.

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Rwanda’s authorities spokesperson, Yolande Makolo, was on Thursday quoted by The New Occasions – an unbiased publication in Rwanda – as saying that, regardless of being attacked, they weren’t concerned within the DRC struggle, however took offence due to assaults on its civilians.

She mentioned:

Whereas it will be respectable for Rwanda to answer the repetitive assaults of FARDC on our territory, Rwanda is just not concerned within the ongoing combating in jap DRC and has no intention of being drawn into an inside matter of the DRC.

FARDC, with the assistance of UN peacekeeping forces, and in some circumstances the insurgent FDLR, are battling M23.


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