Head Of U.N. Congo Peacekeepers Regrets Failing To Stop Massacre
The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said he is sorry his forces reacted too slowly to prevent a massacre in the east of the country in June. Armed men killed at least 30 civilians overnight between June 6 and 7 in the village of Mutarule in South Kivu province, in an ethnic dispute. A Reuters witness the next day saw dozens of burned bodies in the streets and in a church. “It is a very difficult situation and I express my regrets for the inactivity of MONUSCO. It really is regrettable,” Martin Kobler, the head of the U.N. mission to Congo, told a news conference in the capital Kinshasa. Human Rights Watch said in a report on Thursday villagers had begged peacekeepers to intervene as the attack unfolded.
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