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North Kivu: bombings increase pressure on at least 800,000 displaced people (UNHCR)

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The UNHCR deplored, Thursday February 15, the indiscriminate bombings having increased the pressure on at least 800,000 displaced people in North Kivu.

This follows the intensification of violence in recent weeks between government forces and armed groups in eastern DRC.

In its press release made public on February 14, in Geneva (Switzerland), this agency of the UN system also expressed concern about the fall of bombs on civilians, particularly in the displaced sites of the Zaina camp in Sake and in Lushagala in Goma where 65,000 people are housed.

« The increasing use of heavy artillery and bombings during the clashes around Goma poses a serious danger to displaced civilian populations and risks increasing the number of victims. Unexploded ordnance poses a particular threat to children “, said Chansa Kapaya, UNHCR Regional Director for Southern Africa and regional coordinator for the DRC refugee situation.

He also said he was concerned about the disastrous situation of around 135,000 displaced people who had fled the Zaina camp near Sake towards Goma, capital of North Kivu.

UNHCR calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities and peace negotiations to resolve the conflict and alleviate the suffering of innocent civilians trapped in the violence.

« The situation is tragic and unacceptable. We urgently call on all parties to protect civilians, respect humanitarian law and establish security corridors to allow the delivery of aid », continued Chansa Kapaya.

At least 15 people have been killed and 29 others injured since the beginning of February around Goma and Sake, says the UNHCR.

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