Heightened concern over civilians trapped in North Kivu violence

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Peacekeepers serving with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) patrol the small town of Katanga, outside Pinga, in North Kivu Province. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

Aid workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say they are extremely concerned about civilians trapped in violence near Beni town.

Uganda-based rebels called the Allied Defence Forces (ADF) are believed to be behind the recent attacks against villages in the North Kivu province.

The UN Mission in the country, MONUSCO, has increased the presence of its troops and police in the area to protect civilians.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The humanitarian community in the Democratic of Congo is extremely concerned about the lives of thousands of people who are trapped in a spiral of violence in Beni, in  North Kivu Province. Several villages have been recently attacked by rebels believed to be from the Allied Democratic Forces or ADF. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that thousands of people have been displaced from these attacks and fled to safer areas."  (25″)

Meanwhile, says Mr Dujarric, a decision by the DRC Government to expulse a top human rights official has been condemned by the UN.

A UN report published on Thursday, details serious human rights violations by Congolese security forces.

The investigation documents the killing of at least nine civilians and the enforced disappearance of more than 30 others by local police agents.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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