At least five civilians and an Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) officer were killed during clashes with Mai-Mai militias which commenced on Wednesday, July 1, and continued through to Saturday, July 4, in Irumu territory (Ituri province). Fighting took place in Epanza, Kazaroho, and Kimautu when the FARDC launched an offensive in the area, leading to a displacement of the local population. Sporadic gunfire was reported in the vicinity of Bwanasura on Saturday. Government sources have claimed that the militias were driven out of the aforementioned areas.
Further security operations are likely in the area in the medium term.
The government's limited presence in the DRC's eastern provinces, as well as the presence of numerous armed groups and local self-defense militias, has led to continued insecurity in the region. Whilst security forces and UN peacekeepers maintain a presence throughout much of the region, they have struggled to provide security for local communities.
Individuals in Ituri province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militia activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
A number of Western governments advise their citizens against travel to the east and northeast of the country due to poor security conditions, including the presence of armed groups and a high risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice should be sought prior to travel.
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