الأحد , يونيو 7 2020

Congo launches Hutu rebel offensive

Democratic Republic of Congo regular army soldiers stand guard in the Nakabumbi area of Kimbumba, 20kms from Goma, near the border with Rwanda, on June 14, 201Eastern DR Congo has been plagued by violence for years

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has launched an attack against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the east of the country.

Ministers had previously pledged to target the FDLR militants after they failed to meet a deadline to disarm last month.

Some FDLR leaders have been linked to the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Their presence in DR Congo has been a key factor behind two decades of conflict in the region, with Rwanda demanding they be disarmed.

The UN mission in DR Congo recently withdrew its support for the operation because it involved two government generals suspected of human rights abuses.

Tuesday’s attack took place in the South Kivu province, about 10km (six miles) from the border with Burundi, the military said.

Speaking as army chiefs launched their assault, the outgoing US special envoy to the region said the government “owes it to its people” to end the threat posed by Rwandan Hutu rebels, reported the AFP news agency.

Russ Feingold said extinguishing the threat was an “international responsibility”, according to the agency.

Some of the FDLR leaders have been accused of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 people – largely from the Tutsi minority – were killed.

A Tutsi-led government subsequently took power in Rwanda, while Hutu rebel leaders fled across the border into DR Congo (then known as Zaire).

Their presence has been used by the Rwandan government as a reason for military interventions against its neighbour.

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