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DR Congo: UN agency concerned with security, peacekeepers report volatility

Amid reports of volatility in the area, the United Nations refugee agency today said it is concerned about the security of displaced people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after an attack on a camp outside of the provincial city of Goma over the weekend.

Humanitarian situation in eastern DR Congo remains ‘extremely worrying’ – UN official

The humanitarian situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains “extremely worrying,” a United Nations official said today, with at least 130,000 displaced persons in and around the city of Goma who fled the fighting in the area over the past two weeks and are in urgent need of basic services.

Humanitarian needs could rise if situation in eastern DR Congo remains unresolved – UN

While immediate humanitarian needs for civilians displaced by the latest fighting in and around the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are under control, there are serious concerns for the long term, particularly if there is further violence and additional displacement, a senior United Nations official said today.

Security Council extends sanctions on DR Congo rebels, condemns latest attacks by M23

The Security Council today extended the arms embargo and other sanctions imposed against armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while expressing its intention to consider additional targeted sanctions against the leadership of the M23, the rebel fighters that recently occupied the eastern provincial capital of Goma.

UN relief agencies working ‘around the clock’ to assist displaced in DR Congo

Humanitarian agencies and their partners are working “around the clock” to provide basic services such as water, food and shelter to more than 140,000 people displaced by the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations said today.

UN chief welcomes African leaders' call on M23 rebels to stop war in DR Congo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a joint statement issued by the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila Kabange, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, calling on the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group to immediately cease fire in Eastern DRC.

UN concern for civilians grows as fighting continues in eastern DR Congo

United Nations humanitarian agencies today voiced their growing concern for civilians affected by the recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the situation remains “alarming” as rebel fighters continue their advance across North Kivu province.

DR Congo: Security Council demands immediate withdrawal of M23 rebels from Goma

The Security Council has strongly condemned the latest wave of attacks by the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group and demanded its immediate withdrawal from Goma, a provincial capital in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), that was overrun yesterday.

UN peacekeeping chief: ‘blue helmets’ to stay in Goma, political solution needed for eastern DR Congo

Highlighting the active role of United Nations ‘blue helmets’ in protecting civilians across the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the world body’s peacekeeping chief today emphasized the need for a political solution to the activities involving the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group in the area.

DR Congo: amid violence, UN officials voice concern over delivery of aid and impact on children

Two senior United Nations officials have voiced their shock and concern over the violence accompanying the march on and occupation of the city of Goma in the eastern the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the 23 March Movement (M23) rebel group.