Rebels on the run in DRC

ACCESS DENIED: A UN tank moving  throught a field near a UN mission in DR Congo.  13/11/2008. Pic. Yasuyoshi Chiba. ©AFP
ACCESS DENIED: A UN tank moving throught a field near a UN mission in DR Congo. 13/11/2008. Pic. Yasuyoshi Chiba. ©AFP

MUNIGI - Congolese troops yesterday denied access to UN peacekeepers, Red Cross workers and journalists to a border region as they joined forces with soldiers from Kigali to pursue Rwandan Hutu rebels.

MUNIGI - Congolese troops yesterday denied access to UN peacekeepers, Red Cross workers and journalists to a border region as they joined forces with soldiers from Kigali to pursue Rwandan Hutu rebels.

About a dozen trucks transporting Indian soldiers with the UN Mission in the DR Congo spent two hours at the roadblock near the town of Kibumba, about 35km north of Nord-Kivu province's capital, Goma, before turning back.

Kibumba, near the Rwandan border, was where up to 2000 Rwandan soldiers entered eastern DRC on Tuesday to take part in a joint operation with the Congolese army.

The Rwandan forces have a mandate to hunt Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels who took refuge in DR Congo after Rwanda's 1994 genocide, officials said.

The Rwandan troops are headed for Rutshuru, some 100km north of Goma, where the situation was calm early yesterday.

Amnesty International on Tuesday called on the DR Congo, Uganda and Rwanda to make sure that civilians do not pay the price for these military operations. - Sapa-AFP

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