Rebels fire at peacekeeper helicopters in DRCongo
AFPKINSHASA--Rebels opened fired on two U.N. helicopters in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the central African country said Friday.
December 30, 2012, 12:11 am TWN
The U.N. mission MONUSCO said in a statement that two choppers making a routine flight north of Goma came under fire Wednesday night as they passed above two towns controlled by the rebel M23 movement.
“MONUSCO warns M23 against these repeated attacks on its helicopters ... and restates that U.N. forces serve exclusively peaceful purposes and any attack against them is a war crime.”
U.N. authorities said it was the second time in a month that M23 members have targeted its helicopters, which it said are commonly used for medical evacuations.
M23 spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Vianney Kazarama denied the claims.