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Rwanda, Rebels Accused of Massacres in DR Congo

The Rwandan army and a Kigali-backed rebel group have been carrying out “systematic massacres” in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of the month, witnesses have said. The alleged attacks fly in the face the “final act” of a peace agreement, signed on April 1 by all Congolese parties to the four-and-a-half-year war in the former Zaire, including the rebel group accused of the massacres. “Forces of the (rebel) Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), backed by the Rwandan army raided the village of Burhale on April 13, and torched the houses, some with their inhabitants still inside,” civil society group Reseau France Congo reported. Burhale lies 62km southwest of Bukavu, the main town in Sud-Kivu province, near the border with Rwanda. Full Story

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