WATCH | DR Congo accuses Rwanda of ‘invasion’ as rebels seize city
- The Democratic Republic of Congo accused Rwanda of an “invasion” after rebels from Kigali overran a serious buying and selling publish on the Ugandan border.
- Following the accusations, the Congolese military launched an announcement on Monday night accusing the Rwandan military of taking on the border city.
- A humanitarian supply mentioned heavy clashes had damaged out once more on Sunday and the one method out for the embattled DRC troops was to cross into Uganda.
The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday accused Rwanda of an “invasion” after rebels it says obtain help from Kigali overran a serious buying and selling publish on the Ugandan border.
Fighters from the M23 insurgent group seized the city of Bunagana in japanese North Kivu province as some authorities forces retreated into Uganda, native sources mentioned.
However the Congolese military launched an announcement on Monday night accusing the Rwandan military of taking on the border city.
Basic Sylvain Ekenge, spokesperson for the province’s navy authorities, mentioned Kigali determined to “immediately intervene” after realising the rebels it backs had been struggling “monumental setbacks”.
Rwandan troops “determined to violate the untouchable nature of our border and the integrity of our territory” by occupying Bunagana, which he referred to as “an invasion, no extra, no much less”.
The feedback escalated Congolese rhetoric towards Rwanda, with the federal government already accusing its neighbour of backing rebels within the east of the nation.
Bunagana “is beneath enemy management”, a Congolese officer had earlier instructed AFP by telephone from provincial capital Goma.
“The military has simply given method and is heading into Uganda,” mentioned Damien Sebusanane, head of a civil society affiliation, who was on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“A military truck has simply gone previous, 4 jeeps and different autos that are filled with troopers,” he mentioned, estimating the variety of DRC troops retreating into Uganda at round 100.
A humanitarian supply on the bottom mentioned heavy clashes had damaged out once more on Sunday morning and the one method out for the embattled DRC troops was to cross into Uganda.
“100 and thirty-seven Congolese troopers and 37 police have surrendered” to Ugandan troops, safety forces officer Hajj Sadiq Sekandi mentioned from Kampala.
“They had been fleeing the preventing and looking for safety,” he mentioned, including that he was on the border main a disaster assembly.
Hundreds of individuals have fled into Uganda and the DRC territory of Rutshuru since a second bout of violence flared in March.
The Ugandan officer mentioned:
In the intervening time there are greater than 30 000 Congolese on the Ugandan facet of the border. They’re frightened to return residence.
The UN’s refugee company mentioned on Monday that 368 extra individuals had fled throughout the border into Uganda from Bunagana.
The humanitarian scenario was “increasingly regarding”, mentioned Herve Nsabimana, coordinator of a human rights NGO.
The M23, a primarily Congolese Tutsi militia, is certainly one of greater than 120 armed teams energetic in japanese DRC.
It briefly captured Goma in 2012 however a joint offensive by UN troops and the Congolese military quelled the revolt.
The group resumed preventing in November final yr after accusing the Congolese authorities of failing to respect a 2009 settlement beneath which the military was to include its fighters.
The DRC authorities on Sunday reiterated that Rwanda was backing the rebels, an assertion Kigali has repeatedly denied.
Of their assault on Bunagana, the M23 had been “supported by troopers and artillery from the Rwandan military”, the DRC military mentioned in an announcement, including that two troopers and several other enemy combatants had been killed.
Ekenge had mentioned Rwanda was looking for to “asphyxiate” Goma and put strain on the federal government in Kinshasa.
The M23 put out an announcement confirming Bunagana was beneath its management.
It was not a premeditated act, mentioned spokesperson Willy Ngoma, however got here in response to the military offensive.
The UN and the African Union referred to as for a ceasefire on all sides, however Kigali accused the UN mission within the Democratic Republic of Congo, recognized by its French acronym MONUSCO, of “taking sides” and supporting Kinshasa.
“When the DRC bombs Rwandan territory unprovoked, it is a severe matter that has penalties, and it has to cease as soon as and for all,” Rwandan authorities spokeswoman Yolande Makolo posted on Twitter.
“By taking sides on this battle, MONUSCO has contributed considerably to the intransigence of the DRC Authorities in cross-border shelling of Rwandan territory,” she added.
Relations between Kinshasa and Kigali have been strained for the reason that mass arrival in DRC of Rwandan Hutus accused of slaughtering Tutsis in the course of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
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