Armed men launched their assault on towns of Oicha and Kisima in North Kivu Province with killings in Congo’s mineral-rich east said to have more than doubled in last year.
The killing of Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio is a horrible tragedy, but UN peacekeepers should stay the course at a time when the Congolese people are grappling with a dire humanitarian situation.
The UN convoy was attacked near Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kanyamahoro town in a kidnapping attempt.
A vaccination drive was launched last week, but as with past outbreaks, people in the region doubt the existence of Ebola and reject measures aimed at checking its spread, including not to touch sick people and not to wash the dead.
At least 60 people have been killed and 240 are unaccounted for as a passenger barge carrying more than 700 people capsizes in Congo River in western Mai-Ndombe province.
Vast and unstable, the Democratic Republic of Congo has never had a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence from Belgium in 1960.
Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday announced a return of Ebola in its troubled east, just three months after authorities declared the end of the country’s latest outbreak.
A woman who contracted Ebola virus has died in Butembo town in North Kivu province while as the government begun tracing everyone who came in contact with her, officials say.
Officials say militants from Allied Democratic Forces attacked a village in Beni region of North Kivu province, killing at least 12 farmers.
Beijing says it provided vaccine aid to 13 countries globally and planned to help a further 38.
A UN spokesman said the key cause of the deteriorating situation is the very high level of insecurity along the road link to Cameroon where over 1,600 trucks, with 500 carrying humanitarian supplies, remain blocked at the border since mid-December.
Democratic Republic of Congo's Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba was constitutionally required to resign after being censured by the National Assembly on Wednesday.
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