Rwanda accuses Congo of shelling border town

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Rwanda accused UN-backed Congolese forces of shelling its territory during a battle with rebels near the border yesterday but said it had no plans to respond militarily to what it called Kinshasa’s “provocation”.

Tension between the central African neighbors is reaching breaking point over an insurgency in Congo’s eastern hills that Kinshasa’s government says is orchestrated by Rwanda with designs on the region’s mineral riches.

“Rwanda does not intend to respond to provocation coming from the DRC,” Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told Reuters. “Issues in (eastern Democratic Republic of Congo) are too serious to be subjected to game playing.”

A Rwandan army spokesman earlier said Congo’s military had fired artillery, anti-aircraft and tank rounds into the Rwandan border town of Gisenyi, injuring three people, as fighting raged between Congo’s army and advancing M23 rebels.

Guests at a Rwandan hotel near Congo’s border ran for cover yesterday afternoon as heavy weapons fire thudded nearby, a Reuters witness said.

Sustained gunfire could also be heard across the border from the direction of the airport in Goma, the capital of Congo’s North Kivu province where Congolese troops, some manning tanks, took up positions in the city center at nightfall.

The M23 halted their advance about 5 km (3 miles) from Goma on Sunday.

Congo’s government, which has repeatedly accused Rwanda of backing the eight-month M23 rebellion as a means of controlling mineral riches in North Kivu, said yesterday Kigali may have staged the shelling on its own territory.

“We have information that Rwanda has been firing into their own territory to justify a larger intervention,” Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende said, without outright denying reports of Congolese shelling.

A local UN official said Congo’s presidential guard unit had fired the heavy weapons into Rwandan territory, though a spokesman for the United Nations in New York said the reports could not be immediately confirmed.

Comments  

Spain hunts driver who killed 13 in Barcelona, says foils bomb plot

BARCELONA,  (Reuters) – Spain mounted a sweeping anti-terror operation yesterday after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people before fleeing, in what police suspect was one of multiple planned attacks.

Fellow Republicans assail Trump after he defends Confederate monuments

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – President Donald Trump yesteday decried the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy, echoing white nationalists and drawing stinging rebukes from fellow Republicans in a controversy that has inflamed racial tensions.

Venezuela’s new chief prosecutor vows to jail protest leaders

(Reuters) – Venezuela will hunt down and jail leaders of violent protests that have rocked the country since April, its new top prosecutor said yesterday, a day before a hate crimes law was expected to be approved despite fears that it will be used to crush dissent.

South African borders on “red alert” to stop Grace Mugabe fleeing

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – South African police have put a “red alert” on the country’s borders to prevent any attempted flight by Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a model in a Johannesburg hotel with an electric cable.

U.S., Japan step up defense cooperation to counter N.Korea

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said yesterday.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×