Ebola medical centre attacked in DRC for 2nd time in week

2019-02-28 09:42
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The mayor of a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo and medical aid group Doctors Without Borders say intruders wreaked havoc at an Ebola treatment centre in the eastern city of Butembo, the second Ebola clinic in the region attacked in a week.

Butembo Mayor Sylvain Kanyamanda said unidentified raiders burned tents and other equipment at the centre on Wednesday.

Doctors Without Borders, which runs the treatment centre, says it is focusing on the safety of staff and patients.

Assailants attacked another Ebola treatment centre run by the aid group on Sunday in Katwa, killing one person and injuring another.

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Attacks by multiple armed groups and instability have been challenges in stemming an Ebola outbreak that began in August.

But Doctors Without Borders says it thinks the centres became targets due to mistrust in the community.

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