Since March, "more than 190,000 people, half of them children, have been forced to leave their villages in the Rutshuru and Nyiragongo areas" of North Kivu province, says UN's children's agency.
Democratic Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame agree at a summit in Angola to de-escalate tensions over M23 rebel insurgency, DRC says.
DRC's Felix Tshisekedi hopes for talks with Rwanda's Paul Kagame to be "truthful" as both African leaders meet face-to-face, first time since resurgence of violence in DRC's east.
"The M23 possesses firepower and equipment, which is increasingly sophisticated, specifically in terms of long-range fire capacities, mortars and machine guns as well as precision fire against aircraft," Bintou Keita tells UNSC.
The children lost contact following fierce fighting in Rutshuru territory between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and M23 rebels.
Opponents of proposal to deploy regional peacekeepers point to chequered history that some of Democratic Republic of Congo's neighbours have in the war-torn east of the country.
Kinshasa vows to defend "every centimetre of our territory", a day after rebels of the M23 group — which DRC alleges is funded by Kigali — seized eastern Bunagana town near the Ugandan border.
Democratic Republic of Congo says M23 rebels attacked positions near Bunagana town and several other areas of North Kivu province, "supported by soldiers and artillery from the Rwandan army."
Democratic Republic of the Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi accuses Rwanda of backing M23 rebels – who have been involved in a series of clashes with the army since the end of May – allegations Kigali denies.
Rwanda "will not sit idly by" against any further attacks launched from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the East African nation warns, as tensions between the two neighbours soar.
Africa Union chief Macky Sall called for dialogue between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda as tensions escalate between the two countries over a resurgence of the M23 rebel group.
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