At the least seven United Nations peacekeepers stationed within the Democratic Republic of Congo have reportedly been killed in clashes.
A report from the Reuters information company Thursday afternoon cited clashes with militias close to Beni, a city situated within the japanese a part of the conflicted nation.
The information comes because the DRC struggles with its worst-ever breakout of Ebola.
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“Our peacekeeping colleagues inform us that six peacekeepers from Malawi and one from Tanzania who’re a part of the UN peacekeeping operation within the DRC … have been killed yesterday, in Beni territory,” the company quoted U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric as telling reporters in New York.
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Earlier Thursday, Reuters additionally reported 4 Malawian peacekeepers had been killed by insurgent assaults, additionally within the japanese a part of the nation.
It isn’t but clear whether or not these 4 Malawian peacekeepers are included within the seven killed by militias close to Beni.
The peacekeepers are all within the nation as a part of the United Nations Group Stabilization Mission within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
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9 members of the Canadian Forces are additionally deployed to that mission underneath what is called Operation Crocodile.
None are stationed within the Beni space and no Canadian members on the mission have been amongst these killed, a spokesperson for the navy has confirmed.
Canadian peacekeepers are stationed within the cities of Kinshasa and Goma.
Goma is within the japanese a part of Congo however is roughly an 11-hour drive south of Beni.
Kinshasa is situated within the western a part of the nation and can be a couple of 49-hour drive from Beni.
— With information from Reuters.
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