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Cablegate: Eastern Drc Notes - November 20

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SUBJECT: EASTERN DRC NOTES - NOVEMBER 20

1. (U) The items contained in this report consist principally of
spot information from various sources. This report is not
exhaustive, nor can all the information contained therein be
confirmed at this time.

Security Situation
------------------

2. (SBU) UNDSS reported sporadic shooting all day on November 19 in
Kayna, possibly FARDC troops trying to keep the population away as
they continued to loot. Radio Okapi reported that the town's
residents have fled into the bushes.

3. (SBU) According to UNDSS, CNDP has withdrawn to Kikuku on the
westernmost approach to Kanyabayonga from the south and to Kiberizi
on the middle road. CNDP agreed to pull back to Mabenga (between
Rwindi and Kiwanja), but they have not yet done so. Some MONUC
contacts speculate the CNDP may now turn its attention to the Masisi
area.

4. (SBU) At Kibututu, 7 kilometers outside of Kiwanja, MONUC sent a
patrol to respond to the population's fears of an imminent attack by
PARECO. The patrol's armored vehicle was fired upon, and MONUC
returned fire with one PARECO fighter reportedly wounded.

Humanitarian Situation
----------------------

5. (SBU) NGO and UN staffs are not traveling along the
Kanyabayonga-Lubero road because of the presence of marauding FARDC
elements in the area. Most of the remaining populations of
Kanyabayonga, Kayna, and Kirumba, i.e., those who did not already
flee north to Lubero, are reportedly hiding in the bush.

6. (SBU) The Therapeutic Feeding Center run by Lutheran World
Federation in Kayna has been seriously pillaged.

7. (SBU) NGOs are planning trips to the
Nyanzale-Katwe-Kikuku-Katsiro area and the Rutshuru-Banagans axis,
both now firmly under CNDP control and believed to be secure.
Missions to the CNDP "capital" of Kichanga, via Sake, have been
ongoing throughout the current crisis.

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