DR Congo, Rwanda commanders face sanctions over violence – Capital Radio Malawi
23 April, 2024

DR Congo, Rwanda commanders face sanctions over violence

The US, Britain and European Union are to announce fresh sanctions targeting military commanders and militia leaders involved in the ongoing fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the BBC, this fresh round of sanctions will target military commanders from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda which have traded accusations over the conflict in the mineral rich region of DRC.

Eastern DR Congo has seen an escalation of fighting in recent days between Congolese forces and rebel groups that has killed thousands and displaced millions more.

Diplomats have told the BBC that others on the list include leaders from the M23 rebel group, Rwanda-backed militias and the Islamic State affiliate ADF.

Fighting has escalated in recent weeks in the east with all the warring sides accused of violating a ceasefire agreement while regional-backed peace talks to end the violence have collapsed.

Thousands of people – including UN peacekeepers – have died and millions displaced from their homes.

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