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DR Congo rebels take jap city, military claims tactical retreat

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FILE PHOTO: Members of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), a part of the troops to the East Africa Neighborhood Regional Power (EACRF) troopers and Congolese M23 rebels safe 3 antennes location in Kibumba, close to Goma, North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, December 23, 2022. REUTERS/Arlette Bashizi

Goma, DR Congo — Rebels from the M23 group in Democratic Republic of Congo seized a city from the military as they continued to advance within the nation’s troubled east, the navy stated Friday.

DRC’s military confirmed the withdrawal, calling it a tactical transfer to guard civilians within the face of renewed unrest provoked by the insurgent fighters’ reinvigorated offensive.

The rebels took management of Kitshanga late Thursday after capturing a number of villages on the highway linking the city of about 60,000 individuals to the provincial capital Goma.

The town of multiple million individuals, positioned simply on the Rwandan border, was already reduce off from the north after rebels took Nationwide Freeway 2 throughout their offensive in October and November.

The M23, which Kinshasa prices is backed by Rwanda, took up arms on the finish of 2021 and has since seized components of Rutshuru and Nyiragongo, north of Goma. Kigali denies backing the rebels.

Underneath diplomatic stress and underneath the supervision of a regional power deployed within the area, the rebels introduced their withdrawal in December and January from two captured areas.

However clashes continued in different areas, notably in the direction of the west in the direction of the Masisi, an space identified for farming and livestock.

After three days of combating, the rebels entered Kitshanga, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) from Goma, regardless of the presence of loyalist forces and armed teams claiming to be “patriots” resisting the M23 advance.

“We have now tactically withdrawn from the town as a way to appeal to these genocidal forces deep into the town and keep away from the worst for our individuals in Kitshanga,” stated Lieutenant-Colonel Guillaume Ndjike, spokesman for the navy governor of North Kivu.

“We’re making each effort to dislodge this enemy,” he added.

“We’re with the rebels right here within the metropolis,” stated a resident of Kitshanga who requested to not be named.

“The M23 controls all of Kitshanga and this morning the rebels are advancing” in the direction of Walikale, he stated.

The Walikale area, certainly one of six in North Kivu province, is wealthy in minerals together with cobalt, gold and tinstone.

At the least 14 individuals had been killed within the combating, in response to safety and well being sources.

Former Kenyan president and facilitator Uhuru Kenyatta “expressed deep concern over the sharply deteriorating scenario” earlier this week.


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Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
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