Congo, Rwanda army clash over M23 chief Makenga

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Congo army [FARDC] clashes with Rwanda army [RDF] on border

The CIRGL Joint Verification Mechanism (JMV) announced on Wednesday, 14 February, a clash between the Congolese and Rwandan army in Isoke, near Sabinyo Hill, in the Virunga National Park of Rutshuru.

The Congolese army who seized the JMV demands the withdrawal without the condition of the Rwandan Army of the Congo ground.

FARDC security services have been warned of probable incursion of M23’s ex-combatants of the Congo-based Congo for more than one week.

It was in this context that the FARDC would have strengthened their patrols at the border between DRC and Uganda on the one hand, and between DRC and Rwanda on the other hand.

According to the same sources, a FARDC patrol in the Isoke region, on the same day, has fallen into a camp held by armed men and in military custody which they later identified as of soldiers of the Rwandan army.

In the following clashes, two elements lost their lives on the side of the FARDC, and several “other” on the side, according to sources contacted by Radio Okapi.

The Joint Verification Mechanism, the FARDC seized the CIRGL Joint Verification Mechanism, requiring the withdrawal of the Rwandan Army from the Congolese territory unconditionally while the sources of faith in the FARDC confirmed the arrival of reinforcement of the Rwandan army in the area of the incident.

Rwanda said, for its part, to be surprised in his territory by the Congolese army on Tuesday which sparked the standoff.

The CIRGL joint check-in mechanism, which is expected to go to the region in the following hours, will have to establish which of two armies has violated border boundaries.

Congo army says Sultani Makenga, the commander of M23 rebels, is hiding around the foothills of Mt Sabinyo under the protection of Rwanda Defence Forces [RDF].

Source: Radio Okapi

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