DRC Army Pounds M23 Territories

search geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Security sources told this website on Monday that the DRC-based Rwanda militia, FDLR, has prepared four battalions to lead the FARDC-backed heavy artillery offensive against M23.

The fighting which started in the early hours of Monday has been raging on without a lull.

Violent clashes between the government and rebels have since April 14 seen thousands flee Congo to neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda refugee camps.

4,200 people were compelled to flee to the provincial capital, Goma, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The displaced are sleeping in schools and churches in Goma. UNHCR staff reported that more than 660 people who fled to Rwanda earlier this week to escape this fighting in DRC, remain in Rwanda.

Over the weekend, M23 announced it had seized a Tanzanian soldier identified as Christopher George Yohana as he fought alongside FDLR.

While the Tanzania government denied M23 allegations as false, the rebels released photographs of the detainee’s passport.

Yohana reportedly told his captors that at least 70 more Tanzanian nationals are fighting alongside FDLR/FARDC as artillery experts and that more would come in to defeat M23. Chimpreports could independently verify this claim.

The clashes between M23 and FARDC stoked tensions between Kigali and Kinshasha after bombs landed in Rwanda last week.

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