UNHCR condemns killing of civilians in eastern DRC

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Internally Displaced People in DRC

The UN Refugee Agency warned armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo Tuesday that indiscriminate or deliberate attacks against civilians may constitute war crimes.

This follows the killing and wounding of a number of civilians in the suburbs of Goma in the east of country over the weekend in fighting between the Congolese army and the M23 rebel group.

Goma is packed with civilians, who have been fleeing fighting in the surrounding areas since last year.

UNHCR spokesman, Adrian Edwards told a news briefing UN organizations condemned the killings.

“At least three people were killed, five others wounded on Saturday morning when a shell landed in Ndosho, a suburb of Goma..Another shell fell Saturday near the Mugunga 3 camp which shelters more than 14,000 internally displaced people. We remind all parties to the conflict that indiscriminate or deliberate attacks against civilians are war crimes. Civilians must not be targeted.”

Civilians in residential areas were also killed and injured in shelling in Goma earlier last week.

Yvette Morris, UN Radio, Geneva.

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