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On the condemnation of the attack on a camp for internally displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The United States strongly condemns today’s attack from Rwanda Defense Forces (RDF) and M23 positions on the Mugunga camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This attack has killed at least nine people and injured at least 33 others, many of whom were women and children. We are seriously concerned about the recent expansion of the RDF and M23 in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has contributed to the displacement of more than 2.5 million people, and we call on both sides to respect human rights and comply with applicable obligations under international humanitarian law.

It is essential that all States respect each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and hold all actors accountable for human rights abuses in the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. We continue to support regional diplomatic efforts and call on all parties to take measures to reduce tensions, avoid endangering civilian populations, and engage constructively in dialogue to create conditions for a negotiated solution and lasting peace.