S.Sudan sends 750 troopers to DR Congo to combat rebels

Juba, South Sudan : South Sudan will quickly ship 750 troopers to japanese Democratic Republic of Congo to affix a regional pressure combating a insurgent offensive, a navy spokesman stated on Wednesday.

Fierce combating in latest months between Congolese troops and the M23 insurgent group prompted the East African Group (EAC) to deploy a joint regional pressure to quell the violence, with Kenya and Uganda additionally sending troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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South Sudanese troopers “will go to DR Congo as soon as possible,” a spokesman for the South Sudan Individuals’s Protection Forces (SSPDF), Main Normal Lul Ruai Koang, stated throughout a ceremony within the capital Juba.

The 750-strong battalion has been present process coaching for greater than six months for its deployment, he added.

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On the Juba occasion, President Salva Kiir instructed troops to “maintain order” and referred to as on them to “protect the civilian population and their property from all harm”.

North Kivu Province

The ceremony got here barely 4 months after hundreds of fighters, together with former rebels loyal to Kiir and his rival, Vice President Riek Machar, have been built-in into South Sudan’s military – a key situation for a peace deal to finish the nation’s brutal civil battle.

Troopers from the South Sudan Individuals’s Protection Forces (SSPDF) are seen at a ceremony forward of their deployment to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following their departure ceremony on the SSPDF headquarters in Juba on December 28, 2022.

Picture credit score: Samir Bol | AFP

Nearly 400,000 folks died through the 2013-2018 battle.

“I want to tell you that you are an army and no matter what division you come from, you are now going as soldiers in South Sudan,” Kiir stated on Wednesday.

The combating within the Democratic Republic of Congo has additionally reignited regional tensions, with Kinshasa accusing its smaller neighbor Rwanda of supporting M23, allegations backed by UN consultants in addition to the US, France and Belgium.

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Kigali denies backing M23, which has seized swathes of territory from the Congolese military and allied militias and superior on Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

Cease combating

It handed over the strategic city of Kibumba to a regional navy pressure final week after intense worldwide stress to finish the combating, saying the transfer was a “goodwill gesture made in the name of peace”.

However the Congolese military dismissed the withdrawal as a “scam” geared toward strengthening the group’s positions elsewhere.

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M23, a largely Congolese Tutsi militia, first rose to prominence 10 years in the past when it captured Goma in 2012, earlier than being pushed out and to the bottom.

Nevertheless it resurfaced late final yr, claiming that the Democratic Republic of Congo had didn’t preserve a promise to combine its troopers into the military, amongst different issues.

The EAC regional pressure is predicted to incorporate troopers from Kenya, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan. Nevertheless, its meant total dimension stays unclear.

Kenyan troops arrived within the nation on 12 November, and the Ugandan navy later introduced it will deploy 1,000 troops by the top of November.

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