LAKE EDWARD, 11 JULY 2018 – At least 12 people have been killed in armed clashes between the security of DR Congo and Uganda.

The clashes occurred on Lake Edward which straddles both countries.

On Wednesday, DR Congo accused Ugandan forces of shooting dead the 12 Congolese fishermen. Uganda has denied involvement.

One Ugandan soldier was killed, according to Captain Mark Hazukay, a spokesperson of Uganda’s Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group in the eastern region of Beni.

DR Congo says seven fishermen are reported missing and one of their soldiers was killed in the clashes which occurred last July 6.

A spokesperson for DR Congo’s ministry of fisheries said Ugandan troops also arrested 92 fishermen.

Tensions have remained high in North Kivu and South Kivu with confrontations feared between ADF forces and the Ugandan army. Other rebel groups and government forces also operating in the resource-rich region include forces from neighboring Burundi and Rwanda.

The start of oil exploration near Lake Edward has raised the stakes along the border.

Most of the violence in the region involves three ethnic groups: the Banyamulenge (also known as Congolese Tutsis who are regarded as foreigners), the Bafuliro and Banyindu ethnic groups, each of which has their own militia. The clashes have left 76,000 people internally displaced, according to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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