After M23 rebels attacked Congolese army bases in the early hours of Monday morning, tens of thousands of refugees rushed into Uganda.
According to sources, FARDC forces engaged the rebel group fighting in the eastern portion of the Cong Sabinyo MTS Ranges, notably in the regions of Runyonyi, Kyanzo, Bugusa, and Kyengerero near the Bunagana border (4km), all in the province of North Kivu.
Fighting persisted until 11 a.m. on Monday, according to the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), an American monitor of violence in the region.
“This morning, FARDC positions in Runyoni, Chanzu, and Ndiza in Rutshuru region in North Kivu were attacked by M23 fighters. Locals fled to Uganda as a result of the fighting, which lasted until around 11 a.m., according to KST on Twitter.
The rebels are claimed to have taken control of the Bunagana area on the DRC side of the border.
Elly Maate, a police spokesperson for the Kigezi region, verified the development.
“Congolese citizens have been compelled to escape their country for their lives due to the intensity of the war.” All security authorities, including the Uganda Police Forces, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces, intelligence services, and the UNHCR, have assumed care of the situation. The situation has been stabilized, and the UNHCR has begun ferrying Congolese to the Nyakabande settlement camp,” Maate stated in a statement.
The Congolese army confirmed the raid in a statement released Monday evening, but stated the M23 rebels were aided by the Rwandan army.