UN peacekeepers assist in repelling rebel attack in eastern DRCListen /
United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday gave logistical and other support to the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) to help them regain control over all its positions in Kamango in the Beni area (North Kivu).
Earlier, elements of the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked three FARDC positions in Kamango, temporarily taking control over these positions. During the attacks, the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces reportedly burnt a number of houses in Kamango and abducted some 50 persons.
According to initial reports, six FARDC troops were killed and seven wounded during the operations, while the number of ADF rebels killed is yet to be confirmed. There were also civilian casualties reported: At least seven civilians lost their lives and eight were wounded. Up to 150,000 civilians were displaced, while some 2,000 reportedly crossed the border seeking refuge in Uganda.
In keeping with its mandate, the United Nations peacekeepers (MONUSCO) supported the FARDC during the operation against the ADF, including through the use of its attack helicopter, the provision of logistical support and medical evacuations. MONUSCO is reinforcing its positions by deploying one company of its Force Intervention Brigade in the area. The Mission is determined to fulfill its mandate to neutralise all armed groups elements that spread fear, death and destruction among civilians.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.