At least two MSF employees were injured in an attack by strangers on their vehicle in Ituri province in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Thursday.
“On October 28, a vehicle that was traveling in the province of Ituri between Kobu and Bambo with five MSF employees was hit by gunfire,” said the NGO office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo via its account on the social network Twitter with.
He stated that “two members of this team were injured and were taken to the nearest hospital before being evacuated from the area in stable condition.”
“Our top priority is to ensure the safety of our colleagues and to take care of their health, but we are shocked by this event,” he said, adding, “He does not know why these shots hit the vehicle that was being carried “. Identification marks and emblems “.
With that in mind, he stressed that “medical vehicles must allow health workers to help patients in a safe environment”. “We condemn all types of interference and violence against medical staff, our patients and our staff,” he added.
The province of Ituri and the neighboring North Kivu have been the scene of an increase in violence and attacks by various armed groups in recent years, which have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in this part of the African country.
Since May 6th, when the country’s president, Felix Tshisekedi, joined the 6th NGO Human Rights Watch and the Congo Study Group of New York University.