Rwanda rejected the accusations, the latest in a string of charges by the Congolese government in Kinshasa. The Rwandan government called on Congo’s army and the rebels to halt the fighting as shells were landing in its territory.
“Kibumba has fallen into the hands of the M23,” a spokesman for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations said in an email. “Latest reports indicate that the FARDC (Congo’s army) and MONUSCO (UN) forces are attempting to hold off a possible M23 advance toward Goma at Kibati, some 20 km north of Goma.”
“We are not in a position to confirm direct Rwandan involvement in the M23 attacks,” the spokesman said. “However, we are very concerned by reports that the M23 attacking forces appear to be well-equipped and supplied.”
UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told reporters that the M23 rebels have sophisticated equipment.
“They have night vision equipment which is precisely what allowed them to launch their offensive at 4 a.m. this morning against the FARDC,” he said. “They also have 120 mm mortars, which they did not have no so long ago.”
The peacekeeping spokesman said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Congo’s foreign minister, Raymond Tshibanda, to voice support for Kinshasa, and Rwandan President Paul Kagame to urge him to “use his influence on the M23 to help calm the situation and restrain the M23 from continuing their attack.” REUTERS
Use ground troops to fortify positions to defend the towns, do not engage the rebels or there will be heavy casualties, use a relentless attack by air nonstop until they back off their positions.
– Contributed by Oogle.