At least seven people have been killed in fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), raising the death toll to seven since clashes between M23 rebels and government forces backed by UN troops started several days ago.
Witnesses said that woman and three children among those killed in clashes between M23 rebels and government troops backed by UN forces.
The victims of Saturday’s fighting were killed by shells fired by M23 rebels, the UN said, as DRC and neighbouring Rwanda traded accusations over days of border fighting.
Three UN peacekeepers were wounded by shells that landed near their positions, the UN said, charging that its troops had been targeted by the rebels.
Much of the fighting has concentrated in and around Goma, a key city in North Kivu province.
M23 spokesman, Kabasha Amani, accused the government of provoking the hostilities before Wednesday evening.
He said rebels saw the government was massing troops near M23 positions and making small incursions even before fighting intensified Wednesday.