M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are holding civilians hostage for suspected collaboration with enemy militias as fighting erupted despite recent peace efforts, local sources told AFP on Monday.
The group one of scores in the volatile region has conquered swathes of territory from the army and allied militias in North Kivu province in recent months and advanced towards its capital Goma.
In August of this year, the ADF helped 800 detainees in North Kivu escape; 400 to 600 of them were forced to join the insurgents.
The M23 rebels have reemerged in Rutshuru, North Kivu, amid the ongoing bloodshed, exposing a significant security issue that is harming relations between Rwanda and the DRC.
The panel claimed to have discovered proof of violations of the arms embargo, sanctions, and direct meddling in the DRC to support the M23/ARC or carry out military operations against Rwandan forces. Since being defeated in Rwanda in 1994, the FDLR has been hiding in the Congo.
In the DR Congo, M23 rebels have cut off major supply routes to Goma sending prices surging and sparking fears that a future offensive will cripple the country's economy. Consumers are currently reeling from the significant increase in food prices.
DRC Rebel group said that "discussions between the M23 and the various delegates of these organisations took place in a calm climate" and that it was waiting "for the next meeting to be held".
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