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Continued fighting in North Kivu makes access to humanitarian assistance difficult

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The continuation of hostilities in the territory of Masisi makes access to humanitarian assistance in North Kivu difficult, notes the report from the United Nations Humanitarian Coordination Office (OCHA).

Several thousand people displaced following clashes between the M23 rebel movement and the FARDC have flocked to the city of Goma.

According to the United Nations Humanitarian Coordination Office, nearly 630,000 displaced people are living in precarious conditions following growing insecurity in Masisi territory.

The latter are deprived of humanitarian aid, including vital medical care for the injured victims of the clashes. Since January 27, OCHA reports, bomb explosions have injured at least 17 people in Sake, including in the displaced person site.

Still according to this specialized United Nations agency, until February 7, more than 100,000 displaced people had found refuge in the city of Saké, particularly on the Zaina displaced persons site.

Among those displaced from the town of Sake, around 13,000 people had settled on this site.

Others found refuge in the city of Goma.

Most of these displaced people live in precarious conditions and do not have access to food, drinking water, health care and other basic needs, Ocha is outraged.

The results of the latest clashes between the Congolese army and the M23 in the territory of Masisi show at least 28 civilians killed and more than 60 others injured, according to local sources cited by the United Nations humanitarian coordination office.

These clashes make the Sake-Bweremana axis inaccessible.

The disruption of this axis which connects the provinces of North and South Kivu risks isolating the city of Goma, paralyzing economic activities and endangering the food security of the populations of this region.

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