Massacres in DR Congo's North Kivu Province condemned by UN envoy

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Children peer out of a classroom at the Kanyaruchinya Primary School, in North Kivu, DRC.
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Massacres committed in the eastern North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Sunday have been condemned by the head of the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO).

Martin Kobler said the massacres were "aimed at fuelling terror" in the region and called for immediate actions to eliminate the terrorists who carried them out.

The massacres were the latest in a spate of attacks in the eastern part of the country that have claimed the lives of more than 200 civilians, mostly women and children since the middle of October.

Stéphane Dujarric is UN Spokesperson in New York.

"Martin Kobler, head of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) said yesterday he was deeply shocked at the massacres that took place over the weekend in Ahili and Manzanzaba in the North Kivu Province. He condemned the attacks, which he said are intended to maintain a climate of terror in the region. Mr. Kobler pointed to the urgent need to increase the joint actions by the Congolese Armed Forces and the UN Mission, and he urged parties on the ground to cooperate to allow for those bodies to step up patrols." (25")

MONUSO is supporting the government of the DR Congo in its efforts to restore stability and consolidate peace after years of political instability in the country.

Its mandate includes the protection of civilians, humanitarian personnel and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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