U.N. suspends flights in Congo's North-Kivu province

U.N. suspends flights in Congo’s North-Kivu province

The U.N. peacekeeping mission has suspended flights in Congo’s North-Kivu province following an attack on its helicopter last Friday, Reuters reported citing the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) and a World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson on Monday.

Flights between the provincial capital Goma and eastern cities of Beni and Bunia have been suspended until further notice, Claude Kalinga, WFP spokesperson in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), told the news agency.

One U.N. peacekeeper was killed in eastern DRC on Feb. 5 when a helicopter operated by the peacekeeping force came under fire while in mid-air, the U.N. peacekeeping mission MONUSCO said.

A U.N. peacekeeping mission of around 18,200 personnel has been deployed in eastern Congo since taking over from a previous U.N. operation in 2010. Its mandate includes supporting the Congolese government’s effort to stabilise a region racked by rebel violence.

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