U.S. Issues Security Alert for DRC City as Government, Rebels Clash in South Kivu

The United States (US) has issued a security alert for DRC city following government clash with rebels in South Kivu Province in eastern part of the country.

U.S. warns of degraded security situations in the area following clashes between government forces and rebels on Lake Tanganyika.

Open sources have reported heavy fighting in the South Kivu province that had spread to the city on Thursday.

Fighting between the Mai-Mai Yakutumba militia and government forces broke out at the last weekend on the outskirts of Uvira, located close to the Burundi border.

DRC’s army chief has traveled to capital of South Kivu, Bakavu. Didier Etumba is expected to be in Uvira to access the situation.

According to military spokesman Louis-Claude Tshimwanga, Congo’s navy also repelled an attack by five rebel boats on the lake, adding that the navy had sunk one of them and that government forces remained in control of Uvira.

The DRC has been plunged into a state of political tension since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down when his mandate expired last December. Electoral registration is continuing despite the lack of a fixed date for polls.

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