Official: M23 rebels seize 2 extra cities in japanese Congo


GOMA, Congo — Rebels seized two main cities in japanese Congo after fierce combating Saturday, doubling the territory they now management, a civil society chief and residents mentioned.

Preventing between the Congolese military and M23 rebels intensified within the neighborhood of Rutshuru Centre and Kiwanja on Saturday, with heavy gunfire breaking out within the morning.

John Banyene, president of the native civil society, advised The Related Press that the rebels now managed Rutshuru Centre and Kiwanja, which is 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the regional capital, Goma.

“As we speak, we confirm that the M23 rebels and their allies control the town of Kiwanja, but the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo are not giving up,” Banyene advised journalists in Goma.

There was no fast affirmation from Congolese authorities or the navy on the reported seizure of the 2 cities.

Daniel Subuka, a Kiwanja resident contacted by phone by AP, mentioned he noticed well-armed M23 rebels making their means into Kiwanja and others heading towards Rutshuru Centre.

The M23 rebels had been largely inactive for practically a decade earlier than they reemerged final November in japanese Congo. Authorities say practically 200,000 individuals have been displaced even earlier than the most recent surge in violence during the last week.

Congo’s authorities has accused neighboring Rwanda of supporting the M23, an allegation Rwanda’s authorities has repeatedly denied.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo often known as MONUSCO tweeted Saturday that it “strongly condemns the hostile actions of M23 and their serious repercussions on the civilian population.”

MONUSCO mentioned it has raised the alert degree of its troops, that are deployed to help the Congolese military in its operation towards the M23, and mentioned it’s offering air help, intelligence and tools.

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