(ANSA) – GOMA, June 23 – At least 13 civilians, including four children, were killed in new clashes in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week. This was stated by the UN, while fighting between the army and rebels increases. Clashes have intensified in recent months after M23 rebels accused the government of failing to abide by a 2009 agreement under which the military was to incorporate its fighters.
The renewed violence has already forced thousands of people to flee their homes in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and is putting pressure on aid agencies in the region. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Wednesday that 13 civilians died in the fighting between June 19 and June 21 in Rutshuru Territory in North Kivu.
Tens of thousands were forced to flee. (HANDLE).