DR Congo: UN to suspend operational support to army units


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DR Congo: UN to suspend operational support to army units

The United Nations will suspend operational support for certain Democratic Republic of Congo army units it believes have deliberately killed more than 60 civilians this year, the UN peacekeeping chief affirmed. The UN has backed Joseph Kaliba’s forces in operations against Rwandan rebels despite mounting complaints by human rights groups and others about abuses by soldiers and the high number of civilians caught up in the offensives, writes Reuters. The killings took place around the village of Lukweti, around 80km (50 miles) Northwest of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. More than 1,000 civilians have been killed, more than 7,000 women raped and more than 900,000 people have fled their homes since Congo launched its offensive in the east against FDLR rebels in January.

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