There was fresh fighting on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, a day after the two countries accused each other’s armies of mounting cross-border raids.
Rwandan and Congolese troops traded heavy weapons fire around 0600 GMT, according to a witness.
“There were heavy arms fire explosions, rockets,” the resident told AFP on condition of anonymity.
A senior Congolese military officer said that Rwandan troops “attacked our positions.”
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UN, France urge DRC, Rwanda to stop hostilities
The United Nations and France have urged Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to immediately stop clashes at their common border.?Heavy fighting was reported early on Thursday and lasted for half an hour following Wednesday’s clashes.
In statement to the African Press Agency, the Head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic Congo (MONUSCO) Martin Kobler expressed concern over the clashes involving Congolese government troops and Rwandan forces.