M23 rebels withdraw as a ‘sham’, DR Congo’s military says

DR Congo’s military known as an M23 insurgent withdrawal from a strategic city close to the japanese metropolis of Goma a “hoax” on Saturday, saying the militia was reinforcing its positions elsewhere.

The M23 group has captured swathes of territory in North Kivu province in current months, advancing to inside just a few dozen kilometers of Goma.

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Beneath intense worldwide stress to put down arms, the Tutsi-led rebels took half in a ceremony on Friday handy over the city of Kibumba to an East African navy pressure lately deployed in japanese Democratic Republic of Congo.

The rebels had known as the transfer a “goodwill gesture made in the name of peace”.

The commander of the East African Group Power, Jeff Nyagah, had additionally informed reporters that the M23 could be withdrawn to Mount Sabyinyo, which demarcates the border between DRC, Uganda and Rwanda.

However the DRC’s military mentioned on Saturday the give up was a “hoax” designed to distract the Congolese and the worldwide neighborhood.

Clashes with M23 broke out on Friday afternoon in Virunga Nationwide Park, the navy mentioned, including that the rebels had additionally bolstered a number of positions with the goal of occupying territory west of Goma.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has repeatedly accused its smaller Central African neighbor Rwanda of supporting M23, though the latter denies the accusation.

The US and France, amongst different Western international locations, nonetheless agree with the DRC’s evaluation.

A report by unbiased consultants for the UN Safety Council seen by AFP on Thursday additionally pointed to Rwanda’s alleged help for M23.

Kigali deployed troops to struggle alongside the rebels and provided them with weapons, ammunition and uniforms, in accordance with the report.

A number of diplomatic initiatives have been launched in an try to ease tensions.

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