March 30 was supposed to mark end of withdrawal of "all armed groups" — around 120 — according to timetable adopted in mid-February by Community of East African States regional force.
Democratic Republic of Congo's former vice president between 2003 and 2006 was imprisoned by the International Criminal Court for more than a decade, but was acquitted of several charges in 2018.
Tutsi-led rebels retreated from several villages in North Kivu's Masisi territory, says an official of East African Community regional force, but some residents say it could be "a false withdrawal."
The attack comes after suspected ADF rebels killed over 40 people in twin attacks on Wednesday.
Angola, which plays as a mediator between the rebels and DRC government, says the decision was taken after consultations with Kinshasa, adding other regional leaders and the UN had been informed.
Daesh-linked ADF rebels killed dozens of civilians using guns and machetes in several villages in North Kivu province, officials say.
M23 rebels launch offensive in Kirotshe and Shasha settlements, about 30 kilometres west of Goma, a city that lies on border with Rwanda.
Fresh bout of fighting in flashpoint North Kivu province leaves several civilians dead and wounded, hospital sources and aid workers say.
The French President's trip to the continent has been dubbed a "total failure" even though Paris declared "the end of Francafrique".
"Look at us differently by respecting us, and not always with a paternalistic look. Francafrique no longer exists," President Tshisekedi told Emmanual Macron.
Fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been simmering for decades as more than 120 groups fight for power, land and valuable mineral resources — while others try to defend their communities.
DRC's Tshisekedi presses his French counterpart Macron for sanctions against Kigali, saying he remains "doubtful about the good faith of those who attacked us."
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world.
Copyright © 2023 TRT World.