DR Congo

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: CLASHES IN EQUATOR PROVINCE

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Violent clashes erupted between armed groups and government troops on Thursday and Friday in the area of Enyelé, in the Equator province, leaving over 100 militants dead. The news was confirmed to MISNA by Colonel Jean-Paul Dietrich, military spokesman for the United Nations mision in DR-Congo (MONUC), specifying that "the fighting took place during the night between 31 December and January 12, leaving 157 dead among insurgents and numbers of soldiers wounded". Some 500 UN peacekeepers were deployed to temporary bases in Gemena and Bozene, in Equator, in support of Congolese troops to guarantee the security of residents of the area, already theatre since the end of October to ongoing fighting between different communities, which left over 270 dead, including over 180 civilians. According to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the fighting has displaced some 93,923 people, forcing them over the border into the nearby Republic of Congo.

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