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New fighting in eastern Congo breaks out, UN sends troops

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo on Thursday said it had sent troops to the restive east of the country due to outbreak of fresh fighting.

The UN did not elaborate as to how many of their forces had been deployed to South Kivu province because of tactical concerns.

The UN mission further added that due to budget cuts, Monusco, had to close down some sites in eastern Congo earlier this year.

A spokesman for the Congolese military said soldiers had been fighting rebel groups around the town of Uvira, near the border with Burundi, for several days.

However, Capt. Dieudonne Kasereka gave no details regarding casualties.

Report says numerous rebel groups are active in the eastern Congo, primarily fighting over the area’s rich mineral resources.

NAN


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