Five Killed In M23 Rebel Bombing Of Eastern Town In DRC, Says Army

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Congo’s North Kivu province army spokesperson, Mak Hazukay has accused the M23 rebel group of killing at least five people, including three women and a girl in the bombardment of a town in eastern Congo on Wednesday.

According to UN data, the deaths illustrat the worsening of the civilian fallout from the more than two-year conflict between Congolese forces and the Rwanda-backed M23 militia, which has displaced at least 1.5 million people.

The army spokesperson said that bombs hit a neighbourhood of Kanyabayonga town in the afternoon where the insurgency broke out in early 2022.

Hazukay blamed the M23 for the attack, which he said also wounded three people. It was not immediately possible to reach the M23 for comment.

The conflict, the most sustained offensive by the M23 since a 2012-2013 insurrection, has deepened a humanitarian crisis in a region that has had little respite since Rwanda and Uganda invaded almost three decades ago.

The latest attack happened just as some displaced people had started to return to Kanyabayonga, Deputy Mayor Baraka Mungumwa told Reuters.

“But because of the bombs dropped on the city today since there were many, the people have left the area,” he said, estimating that only around 20% of the population of around 63,000 remained.