Regional leaders have been urging the Congolese government for months to come to the negotiating table with the M23 to plan a path to sustainable peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially in the vast eastern part of the country.
On Wednesday night, the M23 movement reported that the military had used heavy weapons and warplanes to attack its stronghold.
In a statement issued by the group' s political spokesman, Lawrence Kanyuka, DRC forces reportedly used warplanes and rocket- propelled grenades (RPGs) to attack the rebels. Internally displaced persons were also targeted by the military in the attack, Kanyuka said
" On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, the DRC government coalition used SUKHOI heavy artillery and warplanes to deliberately launch a targeted attack against the displaced population fleeing in the controlled area by the said coalition, " read the statement in part.
M23 has said it will launch defensive attacks against DRC forces and armed groups that support government forces.
" M23 will continue to protect itself and protect civilians under surveillance, " M23 said.
It also called on regional leaders involved in peace talks to help work directly with the DRC government to find a long- term solution.
KDF captured the Kibumba area a day after the M23 rebels retreated. The area was then evacuated by the same soldiers on Christmas Day. The United Nations has warned that the move by M23 could pose another threat to Congo as the soldiers make more efforts to promote peace in eastern Congo.
The KDF has now been given another task to tackle and this time it will be more intense than before. Diplomatic methods of solving the problem have failed and now they will use more drastic methods if necessary to stop it.
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