DRC Govt Accuses M23 Rebels Of Firing At UN Helicopter

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The government in the Democratic Republic of Congo has accused the M23 rebels of firing at a United Nations helicopter that was flying over the rebel controlled territory in Rumangabo on Friday last week.

The government in the Democratic Republic of Congo has accused the M23 rebels of firing at a United Nations helicopter that was flying over the rebel controlled territory in Rumangabo on Friday last week.
 
Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende last night told URN that the M23 rebels are behaving in a manner that violates international law by opening fire on a United Nations helicopter. Mende says the attack is considered a war crime under the terms of the conventions of Geneva and all the additional protocols thereto.
 
He adds that the act also violates the decisions of the Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) which called for the cessation of hostilities on both sides. He now wants the international community to slap sanctions on the M23 rebels for behaving contrary to the international law.
 
M23 spokesperson Colonel Vianney Kazarama told URN that it is true that the rebels fired at the helicopter after it attempted to attack their positions and that it was also flying at a very low altitude.
 
Kazarama says the rebels mistook the helicopter to be for the government after it changed course and flew at a very low altitude.   
 
He says it was a mistake for the MONUSCO to fly their helicopter at such an altitude that could raise suspicion that it was planning to attack the rebel positions.

 

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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.

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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.

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