DRC denies fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace; accuses Rwanda of “act of war”


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Tuesday denounced Rwanda’s accusation {that a} Congolese fighter jet violated Rwandan airspace, alleging the plane was attacked by Rwandan forces in a “deliberate act of aggression that amounts to an act of war.”

Rwanda’s authorities communications workplace launched a statement on Twitter Tuesday which stated: “Today at 5:03 pm, a Sukhoi-25 from DR Congo violated Rwanda airspace for the third time. Defensive measures were taken. Rwanda asks the DRC to stop this aggression.”

The Congolese authorities later issued a statement disputing Kigali’s model of occasions, alleging the jet was “attacked while it was beginning its landing on the runway of Goma’s international airport.”

“The Rwandan fire was directed at a Congolese aircraft, flying inside Congolese territory. It did not fly over Rwandan airspace. The aircraft landed without major material damage.”

It continues to say “the Government considers this umpteenth attack by Rwanda to be a deliberate act of aggression that amounts to an act of war” with the “sole objective of sabotaging” ongoing efforts to revive peace in jap DRC, the place a insurgent insurgency has fractured relations between the 2 international locations.

CNN can not independently confirm both model of occasions.

A video shared broadly on Congolese social media confirmed a projectile capturing towards an airborne navy airplane, earlier than exploding within the air close to the airplane, which continued to fly. CNN couldn’t instantly confirm the video.

Rwanda is accused by the Congolese authorities, the United Nations, and Western allies of supporting the infamous armed M23 insurgent group in its violent insurgency in jap DRC, which Kigali denies.

Regional leaders brokered an settlement in November underneath which the Tutsi-led group was meant to withdraw from just lately seized positions by Jan. 15 as a part of efforts to finish the combating that has displaced at the very least 450,000 individuals.

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi stated final week that the rebels had not absolutely withdrawn from these areas.

In December, Rwanda stated one other fighter jet from Congo had briefly violated its air area.

An unarmed Congolese warplane additionally briefly landed at a Rwandan airport in November whereas on a reconnaissance mission close to the border, in what Congo stated was an accident.