Heated scenes have broken out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with three peacekeepers killed and at least 15 anti-UN protesters losing their lives so far in clashes.

Protesters attack UN peacekeeping site.

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Violent protests could constitute a war crime, UN chief says.

At least 15 people have been killed as anti-United Nations protests erupt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s north-eastern region, in attacks UN chief Antonio Guterres said could constitute a ‘war crime’.

Protests began, on Monday as crowds took to the streets of North Kivu province’s main city Goma against the country’s UN mission – United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) – which they accuse of failing to stop armed groups’ decades-old fighting.

Demonstrations spread further north to the towns of Beni and Butembo on Tuesday.

🇨🇩🇺🇳📹 Congolese Protesters burn the flag of🇺🇳🪖UN’s MONUSCO Blue Helmet mission during Anti-UN protests in North Kivu

Protested the corruption of UN troops and the presence of International Forces in Northern #Congo and demanded their complete withdrawal from the region.#Russia pic.twitter.com/5ohrfdKP7V

— @Sh..ab (@ShehabBawazeer2) July 26, 2022

According to reports, five people were killed in Goma and about 50 others were wounded, confirmed government spokesman Patrick Muyaya.

Seven civilians were killed in Butembo, local police chief Colonel Paul Ngoma also confirm.

One peacekeeper and two UN police officers were also killed in Butembo, the UN mission said in a statement.

The UN says that protesters have “violently snatched weapons” from the Congolese police and fired at peacekeeping forces.

People of DR Congo thronged protest against foreign troops serving under MONUSCO, a UN peace keeping mission. The protestors based their agitation on claims that the mission failed woefully, stating that, the troops have contributed to the deterioration of security in the country pic.twitter.com/13VotiBj2S

— K.Diallo ☭ (@nyeusi_waasi) July 26, 2022

They had also been throwing stones and petrol bombs, breaking into bases, and looting and vandalising facilities, according to the organisation.

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