M23, FARDC Clash At DR Congo Border With Rwanda

There was a heavy bombardment of the DR Congo army’s positions by the rebels leading to civilian damage in Katale and Rumangabo in North Kivu.

A fight broke out on Tuesday, May 24, between the DR Congo national army, FARDC, and rebels of the March 23 (M23) movement in the Buhumba tribal group near Kibumba, situated about 25 km to the north of Goma town and less than five kilometres from the border with Rwanda. 

No fatalities were reported on both sides.

Military sources said a heavy bombardment of army positions led to damage among the civilians in Katale and Rumangabo in North Kivu.

Other sources close to the DR Congo military high command said all is being done to rapidly take control of the situation and protect Goma town and its environs.

The new fight is happening at a time when the Bisimwa/Makenga M23 faction involved in the clash is avoiding the ongoing reconciliation efforts between the gov’t and rebels in Nairobi.

Meanwhile, the Rwandan army, RDF, has accused the DR Congo national army, FARDC, of bombarding its positions.

Col. Ronald Rwivanga, RDF spokesperson, on Monday, May 23, 2022, accused the FARDC of firing rockets into Rwandan territory in the Gahunga sector as well as in the Kinigi and Nyange sectors in the Musanze district, wounding several civilians and destroying houses and property.

Col. Rwivanga revealed that Rwanda has called on the “Joint Verification Mechanism (a regional body in the Great Lakes region) to urgently open investigations”, and the Rwandan authorities have equally called on their Congolese colleagues to investigate the incident.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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