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8 Peacekeepers Killed In Military Operation Against Rebels In Congo Region Facing Ebola Outbreak

Associated Press: U.N. says 8 peacekeepers killed in fight against Congo rebels
“Eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against rebels in Congo’s northeast, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the U.N. Security Council said late Thursday…” (Lederer, 11/15).

Reuters: Seven peacekeepers killed in clashes near Ebola-hit part of east Congo
“…Eastern Congo has been plagued by banditry and armed insurrections for more than two decades since the fall of military ruler Mobutu Sese Seko, but the past year has seen a surge in violence around North Kivu. Beni and the surrounding villages are also suffering an Ebola epidemic that has infected over 300 people and killed two-thirds of them…” (Mahamba et al., 11/15).

The Telegraph: Outbreak: Ebola spreads to Congolese city of 1.2 million sparking containment fears
“…Unlike previous outbreaks, which have been restricted to fairly remote, rural areas, the present epidemic has swept through populated parts of northeastern Congo, a lawless area that is infested with rebel groups, freelance militias, and armed criminal gangs…” (Blomfield, 11/15).

VOA News: Ebola Outbreak in DRC Could Stretch Well into Next Year
“The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already killed hundreds of people, could continue for several months. That’s the latest warning from a senior World Health Organization official. VOA Correspondent Mariama Diallo reports…” (Diallo, 11/16).

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