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24 November 2017 18:35 (South Africa)

UN urges support for DRC fight against rebels, despite killings, rapes

Shortly after suspending operational support for units of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army believed to have killed more than 60 civilians, the UN envoy to the country has urged support for the government in its battle with Rwandan rebels. Reuters reports that nearly a million people have fled their homes, with some 1,000 civilians killed and more than 7, 000 women and girls raped, since the DRC launched its UN-backed offensive against rebel Hutus in January. The UN peacekeeping force in the country is the largest in the world, numbering about 18,000 troops, most of whom are in the east trying to stamp out violence related to Rwanda’s genocide in 1994.

Read more: BBC, Reuters

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