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U.S. calls on Congo authorities to ensure protection of U.N. personnel

THE United States called on national and local authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure the protection of U.N. personnel and sites after U.N. peacekeepers were killed during protests earlier this week.

At least 12 civilians were killed on Tuesday in protests against the mission in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, known as MONUSCO, which protesters accuse of failing to protect them from militia violence. One U.N. soldier and two U.N. police were also killed.