Armed groups carried out a violent attack in Macomia (Cabo Delgado Province) on 28 May, and the attack continued for 3 days. The town was burnt and/or damaged - including government buildings, health centres, the local market and some DG ECHO partner's offices, which were located in the affected area. Full details on impact and the number of people who fled are not yet available due to access constraints.
Cabo Delgado has been facing escalating violence of growing proportions since December 2019. As of mid-May, there were more than 200,000 displaced people in the province, an increase of 250% since December 2019, and around half a million affected in total. Staff of humanitarian partners had already evacuated the town after the last major attacks end of March and were assessing the feasibility of a potential return.
Clashes occurred between the Mozambican security forces and the armed groups. According to some reports, the armed groups withdrew from the town after intense fighting. On 1 June, Amnesty International urged authorities to respect and observe human rights as they continue to pursue armed groups in Cabo Delgado.