The armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused Kigali of sending soldiers in disguise to its borders, in a new turn to the tension between both nations.
The Congolese military in a statement released on Thursday alleged that at least 500 Rwandan soldiers were in the Tshanzu area of the country in North Kivu.
It said the allegedly disguised soldiers were seen on black-green uniforms, different from the typical Rwandan military wears.
The statement also called on Rwandan locals to handle the situation with caution and ignore anyone seen in such apparels.
Three Tanzanian peacekeepers had also been allegedly injured by M23 Rebels which the military said is being sponsored by the Rwandan government. The peacekeepers work with the UN and were attacked in the Rutshuru area of the country.
Rwanda has described the allegations as baseless as both nations face souring relations.
Congolese President, Felix Tsishekedi had accused Rwanda of sponsoring M23 rebels to attack Africa’s fourth most populous country.
Thousands of Congolese have fled their homes since the resumption of the tension as both nations’ history of disagreements come to the fore again.
The M23 rebels are seen as an ethnic Tutsi rebellion against the DRC government. Several Congolese had also been seen present in an anti-Rwanda protest in Kinshasa in May as DR Congo faces a battle to protect itself from another war, after suffering heavily from Uganda and Rwanda’s opposition in 1996.
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