UN mission to DRC transporting South Sudanese fighters attacked by local people amid rising tensions

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From The International Business Times UK:

The United Nation mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Monusco) has said it is working on a solution to resettle fighters loyal to South Sudan’s ousted vice-president Riek Machar after one of its convoys was attacked on Friday.

Following a resurgence of violence in July 2016 between troops loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and former vice-president Riek Machar, Machar fled the capital Juba in August. He crossed into DRC accompanied by several hundred people, including armed elements and civilians.

In October, hundreds of people in the eastern province of North Kivu demonstrated against the presence of the rebels, claiming the 752 individuals affiliated with the SPLM/A-IO (Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition) pose a threat to communities in the region and called for their relocation to another country.”

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