Fresh Fighting Closes Congo Clinic

11.06.11

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Congolese soldiers. AP photo.

by DAVID AXE

In 2008, the town of Rutshuru in Congo’s North Kivu region, was a battleground between the Congolese army and the CNDP rebel group. As late as May this year, The Christian Science Monitor was calling Rutshuru “more stable.”

But attacks from rebel groups including the FDLR continued, and a few days ago the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo launched a 10-day operation meant to “push away armed groups that have been committing insecurity in the area,” according to a U.N. spokesman.

Just a few minutes ago I just got a message saying that aid group Medicins Sans Frontieres has shut down its clinic in Rutshuru “due to fighting in the area.”

U.N.-supported military operations in Congo often go bad. In December 2008, the U.N. helped supply a U.S.-Ugandan-Congolese attack on the Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group in eastern Congo. The LRA escaped, and killed more than 1,000 people in retaliation.

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