15 Civilians Killed as DRC Forces Raid M23 Camp

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On Wednesday, three Congolese government helicopters dropped bombs on the camp believed to be the most important military base of the rebels in Rumangabo.

At least 15 civilians have reportedly been killed in a raid on the M23 rebel camp in Rumangabo by the DRC government forces, the United Nations owned Radio Okapi has reported. Rumangabo camp is located 50 kilometers, North of Goma city in Rutshuru district. 

On Wednesday, three Congolese government helicopters dropped bombs on the camp believed to be the most important military base of the rebels in Rumangabo. Lambert Mende, the Congolese government spokesperson has confirmed the helicopter attack on the rebel position but said that he is not sure about the number of causalities. 

He however, says the helicopter didn’t deliberately target civilians in the bombardment and instead faults the rebels for bringing it up to pile blame on the government forces. Sources in Rumangabo indicate that the rebel fighters scampered to different directions while some of them tried to fire at the helicopters. It is not yet clear how many rebel fighters were killed in the aerial bombardment.

Amani Kabashe, M23 Civilian spokesperson says it is unfortunate for the Congolese government to deploy helicopters against Civilians. Kabashe says that the indiscriminate shelling carried out by Congolese government forces was aimed at Civilians who have nothing to do with the fighting.  

He asks the international community to pile pressure on the Congolese government to act in accordance with international laws in regard to none combatants. Fighting between the Congolese government force and M23 resumed on 14th July at Kibati outside Goma. There has been relative calm until Wednesday July 17th when the government forces intensified attacks on rebel held territory in the hills around the villages of Kanyarucinya and Kibati, about 15 kilometers north of Goma.

 

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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.