DRC: Ceasefire ends, military accuses M23 of massacring 50 civilians

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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After a five-day ceasefire, heavy gunfights ensued between M23s and Congolese forces in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday.

M23 denied those allegations on Thursday night and called for an “independent investigation.”

At a summit in Luanda on November 23, on Friday the 25th he declared a ceasefire effective at 18:00 (16:00 GMT) and two days later his M23s withdrew from North Kivu territory.

Although no retreat was observed, fighting between the army and the M23 ceased on Saturday morning, although the M23 continued to resist militia on Tuesday in Kisheshe, a village in the Bumbo region about 70km north of the provincial capital Goma.

In a statement, General Sylvain Ekenzi, spokesman for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), accused the M23 of “cowardly killing” 50 civilians in the village.

“M23 denies these baseless allegations,” said the movement’s political spokesman Lawrence Kanuka, who said M23 “never targeted civilians.”

General Ekenge also accused the M23s of violating the armistice by attacking military positions.

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