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Dispute as protesters, government disagree over burial site of anti-MUNUSCO protest victims

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Dispute ensued at a funeral of victims of a week-long protest that turned bloody against the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO),

The funeral, which was organized for the victims of the anti-MONUSCO protests in the city of Butembo, Northeastern DRC descended in disagreement on Friday.

The dispute fell out as protesters and authorities could not to reach an agreement on the location of the burial and some protesters took the coffins from the local morgue.

The ongoing protest in Goma, turned bloody with at least 5 people killed and 50 injured in the Eastern part of the country on Wednesday.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that protesters reportedly demanding that the United Nations peacekeeping mission leave the country for failing to protect the population attacked a force’s warehouse and looted its offices in Goma.

One of the protesters, Butembo told journalist at the funeral that they came to Butembo “… to ask MONUSCO to leave, as we have always feared, MONUSCO has used weapons against us, which caused more than 11 victims. We are digging graves for the dignified burial of these victims who were killed by the MONUSCO forces.”

With over 120 rebel groups continuing to operate across large swathes of east Congo almost two decades after the official end of the central African country’s civil wars, Congo has been a troubled territory .

However, it appears locals are running out of patient with foreign and international assistance in the fight over insecurity as reflected in the continued anti-MUNUSCO protest.

 

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ICC issues arrest warrant on former CAR rebel leader, Noureddine Adam

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A ferocious rebel leader in the Central African Republic, Noureddine Adam, has been declared wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued an international arrest warrant on him.

The international warrant which was previously sealed and dated back to January 2019, was opened on Tuesday and states that Adam is wanted on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture and murder.

According to the ICC, Adam’s warrant is consistent with the body “seeking to target the highest-ranking rebel leaders responsible for atrocities in the Central African Republic.

Adam who was the number two leader of Seleka, a deadly rebel group in the country which became ferocious in 2013, is reputed to have caused the deaths of over 100,000 people.

The Seleka rebel group was one of the first of several militant groups to emerge in the Central African Republic and was accused of sundry crimes against humanity including murder, torture and rape.

Another Seleka commander, Mahamat Said Abdel Kan, is also facing charges at the ICC with his trial scheduled to begin in September.

But the ICC noted that Said did not have the same level of command that Adam held during the Seleka’s reign of terror.

As the leader of the group, Adam was one of the first militant leaders to arrive in the capital, Bangui, when the rebels took the city, and became the Minister of Public Security, and later National Security Advisor.

In 2014, he fled Bangui with the rest of the Seleka, and has since moved between Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic.

After he fled Bangui, Adam reportedly took command of other armed groups, emerging as a prime example of how abusive leaders who enjoy impunity continue to commit crimes and is reported to be hiding in Sudan.

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US air strikes targets al-Shabaab Islamists in Somalia

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Several US air strikes have taken out several al-Shabaab commanders and their strongholds in Somalia, according to state media reports on Wednesday.

A statement by Somalia state own media said US military carried out air strikes against the al-Shabaab fighters in the central Hiran region on Tuesday, killing several fighters and their commanders.

The report said the air strikes followed a request from the Somali government following renewed attacks by the rebel group in different parts of the country.

A statement by the US-Africa Command based in the Horn of Africa country said airstrikes in June and July killed seven jihadist fighters flatter an increased in attacks on government targets in recent months by the insurgents.

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