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MISNA - July 21, 2005 4:14 PM

United Nations peacekeepers and some regular Congolese army units in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today launched their third offensive in just over two weeks to oust Rwandan Hutu militia who daily harass local communities, burning a rebel base camp. The operation, involving 1,200 Pakistani quick reaction and Guatemalan special forces, with Indian air support, alongside 200 Congolese army troops, followed a deadline delivered days ago to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia at their brigade headquarters in Miranda, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said. The Rwandan rebels have been hiding in the eastern forest area since the time of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 - and are believed to share responsibility for that atrocity. MONUC's objective is to establish security in Congo's eastern provinces for the civilian population, which has bee subjected to violence as the Rwandan rebels have raided villages and forced people to flee from their homes in fear of renewed violence.


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