Fighting erupted on Saturday afternoon in Bugusa and Gisiza and Kinyamahura.
369 people have crossed into Uganda through the Uganda- Democratic Republic of
Congo- DRC border of Bunagana in Kisoro District after the resumption of fighting between Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC)
soldiers and the March 23 Movement (M23) in Rutshuru territory.
erupted on Saturday afternoon in Bugusa and Gisiza and Kinyamahura. A
security source at Bunagana border told our reporter on condition of anonymity that the fighting compelled more Congolese civilians to flee to the
He says that by Sunday 369 people had
crossed and more were still entering the country.
Kisamo, the settlement commandant of refugees in the office of the Prime
Minister says that more refugees are fleeing the war-troubled area to Kisoro.
He says that the new refugees will be taken to the Nyakabande reception centre.
16,000 refugees are being hosted at the reception centre. On Thursday, the United
Nations High Commission for Refugees(UNHCR) started transferring refugees from
the Nyakabande reception centre to Nakivale refugees camp in Isingiro district.
In the first
batch, 1,000 refugees were transferred.
Fresh fighting started when DRC excluded
M23 rebels from the ongoing talks with other rebel groups in Kenya’s capital
Nairobi. The talks started on Saturday.
office of the Congolese presidency accused M23 rebels of resuming fighting
against FARDC soldiers yet talks had started.
through their spokesperson, Major Willy Ngoma released a statement accusing
FARDC soldiers of attacking their various positions in Bugusa. Ngoma says that
as M23, they were ready and prepared to participate in the ongoing talks in Nairobi
but were surprised by FARDC soldiers launching attacks.
that M23 has no option but to defend themselves until the FARDC soldiers stop
carrying out attacks.