M23 rebels advance on major military base in eastern Congo

M23 rebels advance on major military base in eastern Congo
# 26 May 2022 01:26 (UTC +04:00)

ighters from the M23 rebel group advanced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday and were locked in heavy fighting with the army outside the region's largest military base, security sources and the local park director said, APA reports citing Reuters.

After several days of fighting between the rebels and Congo's army near the border with Rwanda, M23 fighters attacked the base in the town of Rumangabo, the sources said.

The director of the Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode, who is based in Rumangabo, said there had been intense fighting but that he did not have further details.

The M23 used the Rumangabo base as its headquarters during a 2012-2013 insurgency. Its capture would mark the rebels' biggest coup since they were chased into neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda by Congolese and United Nations forces in late 2013.

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