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ADF Rebels Kill Women, Children In 2 Attacks In Eastern DR Congo

During the attack from Saturday to Sunday, July 24, 2022,  the rebels killed six women and two children in Kayera and two others in Kyabohe, near the border with Uganda.

Rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed at least eight civilians in two attacks in the Irumu territory of Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

During the attack from Saturday to Sunday, July 24, 2022,  the rebels killed six women and two children in Kayera and two others in Kyabohe, near the border with Uganda.

The attacks caused a new mass displacement of villagers into the bushes and neighbouring zones.

Exactions committed by ADF rebels, officially linked to the Islamic State since 2017, have resumed despite the state of siege declared on May 6, 2021, in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu. 

Even joint military operations being carried out by the DR Congo national army, FARDC and the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces, UPDF, have since not reduced attacks against civilians.

According to the Study Group on Congo and its partner Ebuteli, there are 2,000 and 4,000 Ugandan soldiers in DR Congo.

In a report published in mid-June 2022, these researchers noted that the ADF had reappeared in the border zone between DR Congo and Uganda, particularly in areas such as the Watalinga chiefdom and adjacent zones. In contrast, the primary objective of the DR Congo-Uganda joint military operations has been to create a buffer zone along the border.

The deployment of a large part of the resources of the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO) and the Congolese army in the fight against the M23, according to the United Nations, has negative implications on the other regions where other armed groups operate.

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