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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 start of the month, a report by a French-Congolese observer group has quoted witnesses as saying. The alleged attacks have been carried out despite the signing of a “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, and raises fears of renewed conflict between Rwanda and DRC. “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,” one witness told France Congo Network (RFC), whose report on the alleged atrocities was obtained Monday by AFP. Burhale lies 62 kilometers (38 miles) southwest of Bukavu, the main town in Sud-Kivu province, near the border with Rwanda. Full Story

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