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UN chief outraged by killing of civilians by armed
groups in Democratic Republic of Congo   

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), his spokesman said Monday.

Guterres condemns Saturday’s killing of at least 11 civilians, including one boy, as well as the injury and abduction of several more during an attack on a town on the outskirts of Beni, said Farhan Haq, the spokesman, in a statement.

The UN chief is also deeply troubled by reports that on Friday two Congolese health workers helping to combat the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu were killed in Butembo when armed militia attacked the Congolese army unit to which they were attached.

Guterres calls on all armed groups to immediately cease attacks against civilians and ensure humanitarian access to populations in need, said the statement.



At least 15 people were killed by ADF Ugandan rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed on Saturday night during an attack by Ugandan rebels, the Allied Democratic Forces, in a peripheral neighborhood in the city of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a military source said.

The attack took place mainly in the Boikene district where several detonations of heavy weapons were heard all night until the early morning on Sunday, sources said.

According to the army that gave a provisional assessment, 15 other people were taken hostage by the attackers who brought them into the forest and several shops were looted during the attack.

Among the dead was a regular army soldier.

The repeated attack by these rebels is seriously complicating the response to Ebola, which has hit the DRC hard since August.


A total of 200 Ebola haemorrhagic fever cases confirmed in DRC

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo (Xinhua) -- A total of 200 Ebola haemorrhagic fever cases have been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since August, said the health ministry on Saturday.

According to the the latest statistics published by the ministry, of the 200 cases confirmed in Beni and surrounding areas in North Kivu Province, 117 have died of the virus and 61 others recovered after treatment.

On Saturday, eight more cases were confirmed, including six in Beni and two in Butembo.

Meanwhile, the ministry said that two agents of the Rapid Medical Unit of the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC) died Saturday after an attack by local militias and the agents were placed at certain points of entry into hazardous areas to assist national border health officers.

Declared by the DRC authorities on Aug. 1 in North Kivu province, the latest Ebola outbreak was also reported in the northern province of Ituri.

Following a recent meeting of the Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations in Geneva, the World Health Organization said the tenth Ebola outbreak in DRC does not currently constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

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