Armed clashes break out on the outskirts of Goma (North Kivu) Flash update No 1, 22 May 2013

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 22 May 2013

Background and key facts

New clashes between the Congolese Army (FARDC) and M23 militia group erupted on May 20 2013, in Mutaho village (Nyiragongo Territory) on the outskirts of Goma Town, the capital city of North kivu province. These are the first clashes between the two belligerents since the events of November 2012 when Goma was temporarily taken over by M23 that led to the fall of Goma and the displacement of tens of thousands of people. According to preliminary estimates, about 4,000 people have arrived on various public sites in and around Goma and in Mugunga III, an IDP camp that already hosts around 16,000 people. On 21 may in the evening, mortar shells were fired into the Mugunga area, one of these shells fell a few meters from Mugunga III Camp, affecting homes and injuring two people, according to early reports. The vast majority of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the camp have fled to other sites, and some headed towards the town of Goma. On 22 may in the morning, fighting resumed in Mutaho area.

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