Over 3,000 people take refugee around UN base in eastern DR Congo

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A man injured in Kitchanga is flown to Goma for medical treatment. MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

More than 3,000 have taken refugee at a base of United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following clashes between government forces and rebels on Wednesday.

That's according to the UN mission in the DR Congo MONUSCO which says it is closely monitoring the situation in Kitchanga, north Kivu Province.

UN Deputy Spokesperson, Eduardo del Buey has more.

"The UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) reports that the situation in Kitchanga, north Kivu, remains tense following yesterday’s clashes between the Forces armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) and the Alliance des Patriotes pour un Congo Libre et Souverain (APCLS), an armed group operating in the region. This morning, MONUSCO reported gunshots in the area. The mission says that between 3,000 and 4,000 Congolese have now taken refuge around its base in Kitchanga. The mission also adds that at least 36 people have been killed including 10 civilians." (32")

Clashes between the Congolese army and fighters of the rebel M23 group have displaced nearly one million people in North Kivu.

In recent weeks more than 300,000 people have been displaced by additional fighting in the south-eastern province of Katanga.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1'11"

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