Clashes have been reported between Congolese army troops and rebels allied with the National Liberation Front in Fizi territory (South Kivu province) on Monday, December 3. At least 18 people, including 14 rebels and four soldiers, have been killed, according to military officials. Further fighting between rebels and Congolese soldiers is possible over the coming weeks.
The Congolese government's limited presence in the eastern provinces, including North and South Kivu, and the presence of numerous armed groups and local self-defense militias (Maï-Maï militias) have led to continued insecurity in the area.
Individuals in South Kivu province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The political and security situation in DRC is complex. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.