17 Persons Die In Protests Against UN Forces In DR Congo

The demonstrators wanted the MONUSCO forces to leave the country due to their failure to bring peace to the troubled eastern DR Congo.

At least 17 people died during demonstrations and other violence against United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) forces which started on Monday, July 25, 2022 in Goma, North Kivu province.

According to the Kivu Security Barometer, a project put in place by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Congo Study Group, at least six protesters were killed in Goma on Monday, eight others, and three MONUSCO elements were killed in Butembo.

The demonstrators wanted the MONUSCO forces to leave the country due to their failure to bring peace to the troubled eastern DR Congo.

MONUSCO has disclosed that one Blue Helmet and two members of the United Nations police were among those that died on its side.

Over 127 protesters were wounded in Goma, according to hospital sources, and three MONUSCO bases were looted and burnt down.

In a statement, MONUSCO described those who attacked its installations as assailants. It lamented that they “violently seized arms from elements of the Congolese national police and shot at point blank range on the forces of law and order”.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported that 38 persons were wounded and taken to a hospital facility in Ndosho.

“Our teams, with those of the DR Congo Red Cross, are mobilised to respond to this influx of wounded, besides hospital health personnel,” said Roman Machover, assistant chief of the ICRC delegation in DR Congo.

“To face the increasing number of patients, we have also furnished medical equipment and additional medicines.”

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