Former warlord Bosco Ntaganda attacked civilians because of their ethnicity in northeastern Congo’s Ituri region, prosecutors said on Monday during a confirmation of charges hearing at the International Criminal Court.
Colonel Mamadou Moustapha Ndala, who led Congolese army soldiers on the front lines during their victory against the M23 rebels, was killed on Thursday in Beni, North Kivu province, during an ambush.
La signature d’un document qui était censé marquer la fin des pourparlers de paix de Kampala entre le gouvernement congolais et les rebelles vaincus du M23 a été reportée sine die lundi à Entebbe, en Ouganda, à cause d’un désaccord sur son contenu et son titre.
The signing of a document that was supposed to mark the end of peace talks between DR Congo’s government and the defeated M23 rebels was postponed indefinitely on Monday in Entebbe, Uganda, over a disagreement on its wording and title.
DR Congo’s army has recaptured Bunagana, the last major town that was still occupied by the M23 rebels in North Kivu province. The victory marks a turning point for eastern Congo, which has been plagued by unrest for more than a decade.
DR Congo’s army has liberated three major towns from the M23 rebels in a span of just three days. It is a dramatic fall for the M23 rebels, who have terrorized hundreds of thousands of civilians in eastern Congo for more than a year.
DR Congo’s government said on Friday it will protect its population against any military attack by the Rwandan army on its territory.
M23 rebels and their allies in Rwanda deliberately shelled civilians neighborhoods in Goma on Thursday, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Friday during a press conference in Kinshasa.
DR Congo’s government said today it has sent three international arrest warrants to Rwanda against former M23 rebel leader Jean-Marie Runiga and commanders Baudouin Ngaruye, Eric Badege and Innocent Zimurinda.
The M23 rebels are said to have fled from one of their main military base in North Kivu province. The Rumangabo military base was shelled by Congolese army attack helicopters on Wednesday. The airstrikes are said to have inflicted heavy losses to the M23 rebels, who did not expect such an attack.