DRK denies fighter jet violated airspace in Rwanda; accuses Rwanda of “act of war”.



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The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday condemned Rwanda’s allegations {that a} Congolese warplane violated Rwandan airspace, claiming the aircraft was attacked by Rwandan forces in a “deliberate act of aggression amounting to an act of battle.”

Rwanda’s authorities communications workplace revealed a expression on Twitter on Tuesday, which learn: “Immediately at 17:03, a Sukhoi-25 from DR Congo violated Rwanda’s airspace for the third time. Countermeasures have been taken. Rwanda is asking the Democratic Republic of the Congo to cease this aggression.”

The Congolese authorities later issued a expression He denied Kigali’s model of occasions, claiming that the jet “was attacked because it started its touchdown on the runway at Goma Worldwide Airport”.

“The Rwandan hearth was aimed toward a Congolese plane flying inside Congolese territory. It didn’t fly over Rwandan airspace. The aircraft landed with out main property injury.”

It went on to say: “The federal government views this umpteenth assault by Rwanda as a premeditated act of aggression amounting to an act of battle” with the “sole function of sabotaging ongoing efforts to revive peace in japanese Democratic Republic of the Congo, the place a insurgent rebellion has damaged relations between the 2 international locations.

CNN can not independently confirm both model of the occasions.

A video circulated extensively on Congolese social media confirmed a projectile firing at an airborne army aircraft earlier than detonating within the air close to the aircraft, which flew on. CNN couldn’t instantly confirm the video.

Rwanda has been accused by the Congolese authorities, the United Nations and Western allies of supporting the infamous armed insurgent group M23 in its violent insurgency in japanese DRC, which Kigali denies.

Regional leaders negotiated an settlement in November that may see the Tutsi-led group withdraw from lately occupied positions by January 15 to finish preventing that has displaced no less than 450,000 folks.

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi stated final week that the rebels had not utterly withdrawn from these areas.

In December, stated Rwanda one other fighter jet from the Congo had briefly violated its airspace.

An unarmed Congolese warplane additionally briefly landed at a Rwandan airport in November whereas on a reconnaissance mission close to the border, in what Congo says was an accident.