UN says killings in Congo ethnic clashes may be crimes against humanity

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An internally displaced child walks in the rain in a fishing village on an islet in the middle of the Congo River near Yumbi on January 28, 2019. - Several hundred displaced people have found refuge on the islets of the river, according to humanitarian actors on the ground, as they fled the ethnically motivated mass killings across the river in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Between December 16 and 17, 2018, at least 535 people were killed in Yumbi Territory, according to the United Nations Joint Office for Human Rights. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP)

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Several hundred displaced people have found refuge on the islets of the river, according to humanitarian actors on the ground, as they fled the ethnically motivated mass killings across the river in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Between December 16 and 17, 2018, at least 535 people were killed in Yumbi Territory, according to the United Nations Joint Office for Human Rights.
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The deaths of at least 535 men, women and children in fighting between two communities in Democratic Republic of Congo in December may amount to crimes against humanity, a The UN human rights office said on Tuesday.

The UN said in January that there were credible reports of at least 890 deaths in the clashes over three days in four villages in Yumbi territory in the west of the country.

It sent a special investigative mission that found intercommunal attacks had been planned and carried out.