Congo:Ten dead in armed clashes between opposite factions of M23 rebels

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GOMA (DRC) – armed incidents Sunday night opposite factions of the movement M23 and ten dead among the rebels in Rutshuru, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we learn of hospital source Monday to Rutshuru.

The provincial hospital in Rutshuru said Monday morning that the bodies of 10 people were counted and two injured were hospitalized.

These clashes, according to a Western military are related to differences within the rebel movement, particularly with regard to the framework agreement which was signed Sunday in Addis Ababa by all Heads of States in the region to ensure peace in the region.

These clashes oppposé supporters of General Sultani Makenga military leader of M23 to those of Jean-Marie Runiga, its political leader, which has partnered General Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Kinshasa According to several sources military and humanitarian.

Even before the signing of the agreement, Runiga announced, according to a humanitarian source in Goma, its intention to resume the armed struggle while trampling threads started 3 months between Kinshasa and Kampala to the M23 – that supported the UN says by Rwanda and Uganda (who deny any support).

Makenga would have opposed any military movement while the M23 camped a few kilometers from the city of Goma, the movement has held ten days in late November and he retired in exchange for opening talks with Kinshasa .

The two senior officials of the M23 went to explain in Kigali mid-week, according to a Western source in Goma. Upon their return, Runiga was initially jailed and then placed under house arrest in Bunagana border town between the DRC and Uganda, according to the same source.

Sunday, when 11 heads of state, including Presidents Paul Kagame and Joseph Kabila were in Addis Ababa to sign the framework agreement in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Jean-Marie Runiga left his home and joined Rutshuru, 30 kilometers distant.

On his arrival in this city, located in the southern area controlled by the M23, soldiers clashed with those of Makenga, according to a local shopping. Major population movements have been reported, including Bunagana, many people fled to Uganda.

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