DR Congo Rebels Retreat Military Camp

The rebel group M23 has made it public their sunken efforts of advancing to a strategic military base that it captured in October 2022 in the Rumangabo area in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a statement, the rebels say it will retreat to the advancing East African regional force.

It follows their announcement last month of plans to withdraw from captured territories as a goodwill gesture in line with the agreements of a regional leaders’ summit in the Angolan capital, Luanda, in November.

Residents in the Rutshuru region have been complaining of the group’s slow withdrawal from at least 100 villages it captured since its offensive began last June.

The handover of the Rumangabo military camp comes 12 days after the rebels withdrew from Kibumba town.

A UN report leaked last month said that the Rwandan government had provided support to the M23 rebels. Rwanda has in the past denied these accusations.

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