UN pacekeepers killed in rebel attack in Congo, Thursday night

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ThIS attack occurred about 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Beni city on the road that leads to the Uganda border,. The majority of those killed and injured in the Congo attack were from Tanzania. Military reinforcements had arrived at the base and that medical evacuations were ongoing. MONUSCO is the largest and most expensive U.N. peacekeeping mission in the world, with roughly 19,000 peacekeepers.

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Established in 2010, MONUSCO, has recorded 93 fatalities of military, police and civilian personnel. The North Kivu region, located in eastern DRC, has witnessed a number of attacks on UN peacekeeping forces. In October, two UN ‘blue helmets’ were killed and another 18 were injured their base was attacked by the ADF armed group. “These deliberate attacks against UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a war crime” said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. “These brave women and men are putting their lives on the line every day across the world to serve peace and to protect civilians,” he added.

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