"Our colleagues in the DRC say that fighting over the weekend between the Congolese armed forces and the M23 militia in North Kivu has led to additional population displacement towards our peacekeeping base in Kiwanja," said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Peacekeepers from the UN mission continued to provide logistical and medical support to the Congolese armed forces and maintained a robust posture to protect civilians.
In the past 11 days, about 50,000 people were displaced, including around 12,000 who sought safety in neighboring Uganda.
Demonstrators burned the Rwandan flag in Goma to show their discontent about tensions escalation while the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) accusing Rwanda of supporting M23 rebels. #DRCongo#Protestpic.twitter.com/bmResq08Rj
Dujarric said that following the call of civil society members in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, there were demonstrations Sunday and Monday at the border with Rwanda, a country which has been accused of supporting the M23 militia.
"We also have news about the four peacekeepers injured last week near Kiwanja, during clashes between the M23 and Congolese forces," said Dujarric.
He added that on Saturday, UN peacekeepers in Ituri province, to the north of Kivu, deployed a quick reaction force to Roe, a site hosting displaced people, following fighting between the Congolese armed forces and suspected members of the Zaire militia.
While the attack prompted displaced people to seek refuge at the UN peacekeeping premises, there were no reports of injuries.