Security Council set to increase sanctions against DRC rebel group

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The Security Council has condemned the latest attacks by the M23 movement in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In an emergency meeting on Saturday, the Council expressed its deep concern regarding the rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crisis brought on by the ongoing military activities of the rebel group.

An M23 attack on Saturday morning in Kibumba resulted in the displacement of 4,000 people.  Attack helicopters from the Congolese army (FARDC) and the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO) were deployed.

Indian ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri is Security Council President for November.

"The members of the Security Council strongly condemn the continuation of grave violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law by the M23. They express their intention to apply additional targeted sanctions against the leadership of the M23 and those acting in violation of the sanctions regime and the arms embargo, and call on all member states to submit, as a matter of urgency, listing proposals to the 1533 Committee."

The Security Council also called on relevant countries to use their influence to bring about an end to attacks by the M23.

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