- At least four rebels have died during the ongoing Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo joint offensive against Forces for Democratic Liberation of Rwanda in eastern Kivu province, a joint forces statement has revealed.
The press statement said the rebels were killed during operations in Rubero, Masisi and Katoyi and on a pinched battle that repelled the rebels' efforts to regain areas in Kasinga in Southern Kivu province.
Last week, more than 2, 000 Rwandan troops marched in to DRC to join the operation code-named Umoja Wetu to hunt the militias responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, out of the Eastern DRC forests.
Congolese army spokesman, in eastern operations, Captain Olivier Hamuli said more than 450 rebels have also surrendered to the joint operation in the past two days.
The press release also said over 7000 Congolese refugees in Mutorere and Kahihi camps in Uganda were by Sunday heading home after news of CNDP rebels joining the national army.
The militias who are grouped under what they call the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have been living in the central African country since 1994 and are said to be responsible for the atrocities against the Congolese civilians.
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