Violent clashes broke out between rival militias in Masisi territory (North Kivu province) on Tuesday, January 29. According to local sources, the clashes took place in the village of Bashali-Mokoto. At least 16 people were killed in the fighting, with several more suffering injuries. Further clashes are possible in the area in the near term.
The government's limited presence in the DRC's eastern provinces, including North Kivu, as well as the presence of numerous armed groups and local self-defense militias (Maï-Maï militias) have led to continued insecurity in the area. Humanitarian organizations have stated that security conditions in the Kivu regions present a major obstacle to delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need, as kidnappings, including of Congolese and foreign aid workers, are frequent in the area.
Individuals in North Kivu province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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