Violence Erupts Again in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Violence erupted again in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as Lendu militia, who were driven out of Bunia yesterday by rival Hema fighters, have regrouped and launched a counter-offensive to regain control of the town, the United Nations said today. Fighting was taking place within 500 metres of the UN headquarters compound in Bunia while at the airport, where the UN also has a base, mortar fire was reported, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said in New York. Some 8,000 civilians have taken refuge at both UN locations.
Civilians seeking shelter at UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) headquarters in Bunia.