Residents of eastern DR Congo’s Masisi territory find themselves caught in the crossfire once again as clashes between M23 rebels and government forces escalate, according to recent reports.

The situation has deteriorated significantly in the past few days, resulting in numerous injuries and a mass displacement of civilians, worsening an already dire humanitarian crisis in the region.

Tensions in Strategic Locations

Tensions are particularly high in Sake, a crucial location along the route to the provincial capital, Goma.

This recent spike in violence marks a critical moment in the ongoing conflict in North Kivu province, located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Confirmation of Intense Fighting

General Sylvain Ekenge, an army spokesperson, acknowledged the seriousness of the situation in a briefing to reporters, confirming intense fighting along a vital stretch of highway connecting Sake to Minova, a neighboring town in South Kivu province.

Control over this corridor holds strategic importance for both sides of the conflict.