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Deadly Attack Restricts Ebola Treatment In DR Congo

As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo reaches 100, according to the World Health Organization, the health ministry has suspended all outreach work due to insecurity in the area.

This means that teams involved in contact tracing and vaccination are not able to do their work in the affected areas across North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

Over the weekend, at least 18 were killed in an attack by armed rebels, including 14 civilians.

The attack started Saturday afternoon and lasted for several hours. Heavy gunfire was heard in Beni, a city of several hundred thousand people.

The Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan Islamist group active in the area since the 1990s, is believed to be behind the attack.

On Sunday, while some residents were in mourning, others gathered in front of the hospital in Beni to protest against growing insecurity in the Ebola-affected area.

-BBC

 

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