Congo: Rebels Chased Out of Northeast



Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)

January 3, 2006: Some 11,000 people have fled fighting between Ugandan rebels and Congolese troops. The UN-backed offensive in northeastern Congo (Ituri) now involves 3,500 Congolese soldiers and 600 UN peacekeepers. The rebels belong to the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). All ADF camps in the area appear to have been destroyed.

December 26, 2005: There was another upsurge of fighting in the eastern Congo. UN peacekeepers fought Ugandan ADF rebels in the northeast near the town of Beni on December 23 and 24. At least 35 militiamen were killed in the battle. One Indian peacekeeper was killed and four were wounded. Government forces had three dead and 16 wounded.

December 25, 2005: Nepalese peacekeepers and Congolese troops continued fighting in Ituri. The UN and government forces took control of the town of Nioka on December 24. That operation is being conducted against a Lendu tribal militia which has refused to meet UN disarmament demands.


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