Hours before the anticipated arrival of a European compassion aircraft, fighting broke out on Friday between M23 militias and government soldiers close to the city of Goma in the eastern DR Congo, according to reports.
The supply operation is the first of an airlift that the European Union launched last Saturday to assist the struggling city.
Following a day of comparatively quiet, fighting broke out early on Friday near the hamlet of Murambi, which is located less than 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Goma, according to local authorities.
Before the town of Sake, which is regarded as the city’s last defense, is Murambi.
Leopold Busanga, a representative of Sake’s civil society organizations, said that the populace was once again beginning to fear.
According to a Goma official, fighting was also reported farther north, around 70 km (43 miles) away.
North Kivu province’s capital, Goma, has been under danger ever since the M23 began an onslaught last year after emerging from hibernation in 2021.
Central Africa has become tense as a result of its progress.
The region’s nations have dispatched a combined force with the goal of stabilizing the area after the Democratic Republic of the Congo accused Rwanda, which Kigali denies, of backing the organization.
The United States, numerous other western nations, independent UN experts, and Rwanda are all in agreement that the M23 is supported by Rwanda.
On the coast of Lake Kivu sits Goma, a commerce center with over a million inhabitants that has also seen an inflow of thousands of displaced people.
However, with most land access to the city blocked off, aircraft are the only dependable means of bringing in supplies. The EU aircraft is transporting hygiene supplies, medicine, and emergency shelters.
Several of the armed organizations that roam eastern DR Congo are the result of two regional battles that erupted at the turn of the 20th century, including the M23, whose name stands for the March 23 Movement.
The Tutsi-led gang temporarily held Goma in 2012 before being driven out by a combined Congolese-UN operation.
Many cease-fire attempts have been made in recent months; the most recent was scheduled to start on Tuesday.
All have, however, fallen short, and the M23 is still moving forward.
A team from the UN Security Council arrived late on Thursday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on a three-day visit to review the situation in Goma.
On Saturday, the team will travel to the capital where they will meet President Felix Tshisekedi.