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Rwanda shoots at DR Congo military jet, says violated its airspace | Armed Teams Information – EAST AUTO NEWS

Rwanda shoots at DR Congo military jet, says violated its airspace | Armed Teams Information


Kinshasa denies Kigali’s declare calling the incident a ‘deliberate act of aggression that quantities to an act of struggle’.

Rwandan forces have fired at a fighter jet from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that it mentioned violated its airspace, prompting the Congolese authorities to accuse it of an act of struggle.

“A Sukhoi-25 fighter jet from the Democratic Republic of Congo violated for the third time Rwandan airspace,” over Rubavu district, close to North Kivu capital Goma, Rwandan authorities spokesperson Yolande Makolo mentioned in a press release on Tuesday.

“Defensive measures had been taken,” she mentioned, including, “Rwanda asks the DRC to cease this aggression.”

In December, Rwanda mentioned one other fighter jet from the DRC had briefly violated its airspace.

An unarmed Congolese warplane additionally briefly landed at a Rwandan airport in November whereas on a reconnaissance mission close to the border, in what the DRC mentioned was an accident.

The DRC denied Rwanda’s accusation that the jet had been in Rwandan airspace – the most recent dispute between the 2 international locations whose relationship has been strained by insurgent violence.

“The Rwandan photographs had been directed in direction of a Congolese plane flying inside Congolese territory,” Kinshasa mentioned in a press release, confirming the airplane had landed in Goma with out struggling important harm.

It described Rwanda’s transfer as a “deliberate act of aggression that quantities to an act of struggle” aimed toward undermining a peace settlement to finish an offensive by the M23 insurgent group.

A video shared extensively on Congolese social media confirmed a projectile capturing in direction of an airborne army airplane, earlier than exploding close to the airplane, which continued to fly. The video couldn’t be instantly verified.

The DRC, United Nations specialists and Western powers have accused Rwanda of backing the M23, which seized a number of cities and villages within the DRC in renewed combating final yr. Rwanda has denied any involvement.

Regional leaders brokered an settlement in November beneath which the Tutsi-led group was meant to withdraw from just lately seized positions by January 15 as a part of efforts to finish the combating that has displaced a minimum of 450,000 individuals.

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi mentioned final week that the rebels had not absolutely withdrawn from these areas.

In the meantime, new combating erupted on Tuesday morning between Congolese authorities forces and M23 rebels in Masisi and Rutshuru close to the city of Kitshanga, some 70km (43 miles) from Goma.

Rwanda shoots at DR Congo military jet, says violated its airspace | Armed Teams Information – EAST AUTO NEWS
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