FARDC Move to re-capture of Rumangabo after lossing Kiwanja

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By Josephine Lukoya

Goma-Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) regained control of the town of Rumangabo, 50 km from Goma in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu, after a day of occupation by the rebels of the Movement of March 23 (M23).

However, several sources on site, testified that the M23 rebels had retaken the city of Kiwanja, 75 km from Goma, since Wednesday, July 25 afternoon.

These are the FARDC units from Rugari, more than 40 km from Goma, who recovered the town of Rumangabo, held Tuesday night by soldiers from the M23. Even “the Rumangabo military camp is now under the control of government troops,” local sources said.

In addition, the city of Kiwanja is controlled from the late afternoon by the rebel M23, the sources said.

FARDC had managed to repel the rebels during the fighting of this noon-center in Rutshuru. But witnesses testified that on site the M23, which has reinforced its troops, regained control of the city in the afternoon.

The rebels also held positions at Kalengera, 60 km from Goma, where the FARDC were trying to dislodge them, as always witnesses.

Monusco, engaged alongside the FARDC, continued it, pound the positions of the M23 which is where the fighting.

Heavy fighting between the two sides since Wednesday morning in the city of Kiwanja, Rutshuru and Kalengera Centre. Without advance balance, local sources said that Monusco has leveraged its helicopter gunships to support the regular army.

FARDC succeeded in dislodging Tuesday at Rugari, about 40 km from Goma. Clashes with heavy weapons had taken the same Tuesday morning between FARDC and M23 in the villages of Kakomero and Mwaro, to within 2 km of Kibumba. The rebels had bypassed the positions of the regular army, passing through the towns of Ngugo, and Bisoko Rwaza Rugari in the group, more than 50 km from Goma, capital of the province.

The fighting caused thousands of internally displaced people in this country. Some Kiwanja and Rutshuru have found refuge at the base of Monusco Kiwanja. Other populations of Kibumba, near Rugari, flocked to Kanyaruchinya, 7 km from the city of Goma.


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  1. kingo

    December 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    MONUSCO engaged alongside FRDC with helicopters gunships fortunately m23 succeeded to shoot-down two helicopters thereafter MONUSCO regressed from attacking m23. So the little resistance of FRDC is for MONUSCO support and i believe that Monusco should not longer support those idiots.

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