Rwandan soldiers fighting with M23 rebels in DR Congo, says UN report

A recent UN report revealed that between 3,000 to 4,000 Rwandan soldiers were fighting alongside the M23 rebels in eastern DR Congo, with Kigali exercising significant control over the rebel group's operations. The report, commissioned by the UN Security Council, underscores Rwanda's substantial military involvement and influence in the conflict, holding Rwanda accountable for the actions of the M23.

Some 3,000-4,000 Rwandan soldiers are fighting alongside the M23 in east DR Congo, said a UN experts report seen by AFP on Monday, which noted that Kigali has "de facto control" of the rebels' operations.

The North Kivu province has been in the grip of the M23 (March 23 Movement) rebellion since the end of 2021, with the group seizing swathes of territory in the region and installing a parallel regime in areas now under its control.

Kinshasa accuses Rwanda of backing the Tutsi-led M23 rebel group, something Kigali is yet to confirm.

But the report commissioned by the UN Security Council says the Rwandan army's "de facto control and direction over M23 operations" renders the country "liable for the actions of M23".


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