2010—U.S. and DRC in partnership to train model Congolese battalion. (Nicole Dalrymple/U.S. Africa Command/US Army Africa/Flickr/CC)
2010—U.S. and DRC in partnership to train model Congolese battalion. (Nicole Dalrymple/US Army Africa/Flickr/CC)

Aaron Ross, REUTERS

KINSASHA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters)—Tens of thousands of civilians are likely to be forced to flee their homes during a planned offensive by Congolese and United Nations forces against Rwandan Hutu rebels entrenched in eastern Congo, a U.N. agency has warned.

The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in planning documents seen by Reuters that attacks on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) would affect hundreds of thousands of people.

The warning came after the U.N. Security Council approved the offensive against the FDLR, some of whose members were involved in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, which failed to meet a Jan. 2 deadline to disarm and surrender.

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