Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Democratic Republic of Congo army has used vaccination clinics as bait to attack civilians, says aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

Thousands of Hutu civilians were targeted when they visited sites set up to combat a measles epidemic, in areas controlled by the rebels, MSF said. It denounced the attacks in North Kivu as an abuse of humanitarian action. The United Nations has withdrawn its support for a government army unit, accusing soldiers of killing 62 civilians. MSF said the clinics were targeted despite security guarantees from all parties to enable the mass immunization scheme to be carried out in the Maisisi district north-west of the city of Goma.

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