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Congo accuses Rwanda of sending disguised troops across the border – SABC News

The armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have accused Rwanda of sending 500 special troops in disguise to Congolese territory, the latest indictment in an escalating dispute between neighbors.

Congo accuses Rwanda of actively supporting the M23 rebel group, which has been pursuing its longest-running offensive in the eastern border regions of the Congo since occupying vast areas in 2012-2013.

Rwanda denies this and in turn accuses the Congolese army of firing on its own territory and of the FDLR, an armed group led by ethnic huts who fled after participating in the 1994 genocide.

According to a statement from the Congolese army, 500 Rwandan special forces have been deployed in the Tshanzu area of ​​North Kivu, bordering Rwanda, wearing green-and-black uniforms other than their usual uniforms.

He called on the locals to be careful and tell anyone they see in green and black uniforms.

The statement also said Rwandan-backed M23 rebels had attacked UN peacekeepers in the Rutshuru area, also in North Kivu, and wounded three Tanzanian peacekeepers.

The Rwandan government and the UN mission in the Congo did not respond immediately to the comment.

Recent fighting in eastern Congo has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes in a region that has received little relief since the 1996 occupation of Rwanda and Uganda, citing threats from local militia groups.

The M23 is the latest in a series of Tuscan-led uprisings against Congolese forces, claiming to protect Tuscan interests against ethnic Hutu militias.

Congo accuses Rwanda of sending disguised troops across the border – SABC News

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