Situation remains volatile in DR Congo's Kitchanga town

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

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is working to defuse the volatile situation in Kitchanga town in North Kivu.

This follows deadly clashes this week between government forces and a rebel militia known as the APCLS in the province.

The ongoing conflict between the government troops and various armed rebel groups in the region has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Deputy UN 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 volatile. Yesterday, sporadic shooting continued between the Congolese Armed Forces and APCLS. More than 3,000 people have taken refuge in and around the MONUSCO military base in Kitchanga. The mission adds that on 27 February, the Saint-Benoît hospital was reportedly hit by a mortar shot, resulting in up to 57 casualties, including patients and staff." (30")

Eduardo Del Buey says United Nations personnel are assisting in the evacuation of the wounded to medical facilities and will assist in the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1'14"

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