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Rwanda accuses DR Congo forces of cross-border attacks on civilians

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Rwandan military authorities have accused the armed forces of neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo of cross-border attacks which has injured many civilians in the process, calling on regional monitors to investigate the attacks.

The spokesman of the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF), Col. Ronald Rwivanga, who released a statement on Wednesday, said authorities are “engaging” its Congolese counterparts over the shelling in the Musanze district on Monday morning.

“Yes, we are engaging the Congo authorities over the shelling in the Musanze district on Monday morning and we want the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism to urgently investigate it,” Rwivanga said.

However, the Congolese authorities have also accused Rwandan forces of supporting armed groups, especially the M23 rebel fighters, and others operating in the mineral-rich eastern parts of the country where dozens of such groups are active.

The country’s forces have been actively involved in fighting and pushing back the M23 rebels in recent weeks after they reportedly entered the country from Rwanda after they were dislodged out in 2018

“The allegations of Rwanda supporting rebels in Congo are baseless,” Rwivanga said while responding to the accusations.

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Malian migrants, including children, die as makeshift Europe-bound boat capsizes in Libya

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Twenty-two Malian migrants including three children, have been killed when their makeshift Europe-bound boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the United Nations as well as the Malian government have confirmed on Wednesday.

The UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), also confirmed that 61 other migrants were rescued and taken to a detention centre in Libya.

The Ministry of Malians Abroad, in a statement, said the people who died were part of a group of 83 mostly Malian nationals who were stuck on a distressed vessel since June 22.

The IOM, in statement by its spokeswoman Safa Msehli, said the rescued victims were brought back to shore with the help of the Libyan coastguard after nine days at sea, adding that the “cause of death for the 22 people was drowning and dehydration.”

Msehli also said some of the survivors were in very poor health and had to be taken to hospital by the IOM.

“The remaining migrants were taken to al-Maya detention centre” in Libya, she said.

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Monkeypox: WHO records over 6,000 cases in 58 countries in recent outbreak

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 6,000 cases of monkeypox have now been reported from 58 countries in the current outbreak.

The United Nations agency is yet to decide declaring the outbreak a global health emergency, the WHO’s highest level of alert.

Its committee reconvene a meeting in July 18 to decide or sooner.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference from Geneva.

Monkeypox, a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, has also penetrated Europe and North America in its recent spread with more than 100 cases recorded outside Africa.

The UN committee meeting in June 27 decided that the disease was not yet a health emergency. There have recently been reported cases in other African countries like Nigeria and Morocco.

“I continue to be concerned by the scale and spread of the virus across the world,” Tedros said, adding that a lack of testing meant that there were likely many more cases going unreported.

Until recently, monkeypox had been a disease that was once largely restricted to Africa, but has gradually penetrating Europe and North America in its recent outbreak.

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