Egypt condemns attack on displaced people camp in north eastern DR Congo

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Feb 2022

Egypt strongly condemned on Thursday an attack on a displaced people camp in Ituri province in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which killed scores of innocent people, including children.

Foreign Ministry building
File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry building. Al-Ahram

Egypt extends condolences to the government and people of DR Congo as well as the families of the victims, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, wishing the injured people a speedy recovery.

“Egypt… affirms its solidarity with DR Congo in the face of all forms and manifestations of violence,” the ministry added.

The attack took place on the Savo camp near Bule on Wednesday, which is home to 24,000 people. At least 60 people were killed in the attack, local sources told Reuters. Most of the casualties were women and children, according to reports.

The army’s spokesman in Ituri, Jules Ngongo, blamed the attack on Cooperative for the Development of the Congo (CODECO), a notorious armed group in the central African country consisting of various Lendu militias.

Attacks in Ituri over the past year have claimed lives of at least 1,200 people, according to Reuters. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said around 1.7 million people are displaced in the province.

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