"Trend of massacres" in DR Congo condemned

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Saïd Djinnit UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

An "escalating trend of massacres" is emerging in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a senior United Nations official has warned.

Saïd Djinnit the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes said the security situation in Beni in the eastern part of the country has been steadily deteriorating over the past few weeks.

There have been a series of attacks in which over 100 civilians, mostly women and children, have been killed.

Violence between armed groups, including Ugandan-based rebels continues in the region.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The UN Mission in the country has reinforced its presence in Beni territory, in North Kivu province, in response to new attacks against civilians this weekend.

The Mission also increased its support for the Congolese Army by deploying additional troops of the Force Intervention Brigade and Special Forces from other units."

The Special Envoy, Saïd Djinnit, said that those behind these massacres should be brought to justice and held accountable.

He called on armed groups active in the DRC to disband permanently.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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