UN / DRC UPDATE

24-May-2022 00:01:40
The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) said that fighting between the Congolese armed forces and the M23 armed group has continued Monday in the areas of Tshanzu and Runyoni, as well as close to Bigenga, a UN Spokesperson said. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 24 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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24 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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3.SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) today said that fighting between the Congolese armed forces and the M23 armed group has continued yesterday in the areas of Tshanzu and Runyoni, as well as close to Bigenga (20km SE of Rutshuru). Peacekeepers provided aerial and artillery fire support, as well as aerial surveillance support to the Congolese armed forces. Early this morning, the Congolese armed forces were attacked again by the M23, this time in Ruhunda, which is about 23km NE of Goma. The mission said that people have fled their homes as a result of the fighting. Some have sought refuge inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while others have reportedly crossed the border to Uganda. The Mission is continuing to engage with political actors at the national, provincial and local level as well as with community leaders and humanitarian actors in Rutshuru to discuss protection and humanitarian needs. As we mentioned yesterday, the head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has condemned these attacks and called on the M23 to lay down their weapons. The mission remains ready to use all necessary means within its mandate to support Congolese efforts to neutralize armed groups and protect civilians. The mission will continue to engage with Congolese national, provincial, and local authorities and community leaders in support of political solutions.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) said that fighting between the Congolese armed forces and the M23 armed group has continued Monday in the areas of Tshanzu and Runyoni, as well as close to Bigenga, a UN Spokesperson said.

Speaking to reporters today (24 May) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “Peacekeepers provided aerial and artillery fire support, as well as aerial surveillance support to the Congolese armed forces.”

He added, “early this morning, the Congolese armed forces were attacked again by the M23, this time in Ruhunda, which is about 23km NE of Goma.”

The UN Mission in the country said that “people have fled their homes as a result of the fighting. Some have sought refuge inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while others have reportedly crossed the border to Uganda,” Dujarric added.

The Mission is continuing to “engage with political actors at the national, provincial and local level as well as with community leaders and humanitarian actors in Rutshuru to discuss protection and humanitarian needs.”

On Monday (23 May), the head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has condemned these attacks and called on the M23 to lay down their weapons.

Dujarric said, “the mission remains ready to use all necessary means within its mandate to support Congolese efforts to neutralize armed groups and protect civilians. The mission will continue to engage with Congolese national, provincial, and local authorities and community leaders in support of political solutions.”
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