70 killed in clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Army announced that 70 soldiers and gunmen were killed during violent clashes with armed men in the east of the country.

Mac Hazuki, a military spokesman, said in press statements on Monday night that the clashes had killed 30 soldiers, along with 40 militants.

“The fighting erupted on Thursday in North Kivu province,” Hazukai added.

He explained that the army took control of the headquarters of the “Defense of Democracy”, an armed group in the east of the country.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been conducting operations against armed groups in the eastern part of the country since the end of October 2019.

Local authorities and civil society groups say that the FDD has killed more than 1,000 people in the Bani (east) region since 2014.

Authorities announced that gunmen had killed approximately 150 civilians between November and December 2019, leading to angry protests in the city of Bani and the neighboring towns (northeast), as residents stormed UN installations United, in the border city.

The demonstrators accused the UN peacekeepers and government forces of failing to protect civilians, following numerous incidents of violence by militants.

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