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UN, Congo Troops Launch Operation Against Rebels in Eastern DRC

United Nations and Congolese troops officially launched operations against a rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday.

The Congolese military will lead the operation, with support from UN troops, UN spokesman Charles Bambara said by phone from the capital, Kinshasa.

About 1,400 fighters from the Hutu-dominated Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), face military action after failing to meet the Jan. 2 disarmament deadline.

There are about 24 rebel groups operating in the eastern Congo, a key mining region. Humanitarian concerns in the area, where 88,000 people have been displaced since October 2014 due to rebel attacks, are being taken into account in the current military operations, UN officials said.

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