Egypt condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in Congo

Ahram Online , Saturday 9 Dec 2017

Friday's attack saw 15 UN peacekeepers killed and over 50 others injured

File Photo: Peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) patrol in their armoured personnel in the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, December 20, 2016. (Photo: REuters)

Egypt condemns an attack against a United Nations base in East Congo where not less than 15 UN peacekeepers were killed and 53 others injured Friday, the Egyptian foreign ministry stated.

In a statement issued Saturday, the foreign ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the UN peacekeepers from Tanzania and Congo who were killed in the attack.

The statement also expressed Egypt's hopes for the speedy recovery for the injured. It added that Egypt fully appreciates the efforts of the UN peace mission in Congo.  

According to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the attack is considered the worst against UN peacekeepers in recent history.

In an official statement, the UN mission in Congo pointed a finger at the rebel Allied Democratic Forces group as being responsible for the attack.

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