DRC: M-23 rebels straggle to take over Rutchuru

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By Josephine Lukoya & Agencies

The inhabitants of the territory of Rutshuru in North Kivu, feared an attack of the mutineers who took over Bunagana Friday, July 6 a border town crossing between the DRC and Uganda.

These rebels are currently in progress towards the capital of this territory, less than 15 km from Rutshuru. The city is paralyzed this Saturday, July 7, 2012 and the population remains holed up at home.

The shops remained closed all the forenoon in Kiwanja, Rutshuru and Rubare-center. Kalengera market, 20 km south of Rutshuru, has not occurred either.

MONUC has promptly pulled out their staff in Rutchuru. However, some sources say M-23 has no capacity to control a big territory.

According to local sources, FARDC soldiers, who were removed including the barracks and the camp Nyongera Pena, returned to their positions Rutchuru-center this morning, and reorganize to launch an offensive against Rwanguba .

These same sources say that after Bunagana rebels since M23 would be Friday night and Rangira Rwanguba, respectively 4 and 12 km east of Rutshuru-center and seek to take control of Rutshuru-center, capital territory.

The regular army FARDC has pulled out of important position in Rutchuru town. The civil and military authorities did not wish to react to this information.

M23 rebels retook the city of Bunagana Friday, July 6 after fierce fighting that opposed the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC).

This fighting has displaced thousands of people, some of whom have sought refuge in neighboring Uganda.

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