The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for the Democratic Republic of Congo:
Our existing advice sets out that the FCO advises against all travel to eastern and north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The only exception to this is the town of Bukavu, to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel, and to avoid travelling around alone and at night. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of the DRC.
The update is:
On 21 August fighting between the M23 rebel group and the Congolese Army (FARDC) broke out near the Kibati Heights, 20kms north of Goma. There are reports that some shells landed on Goma on 23 August, causing some civilian deaths and injuries to civilians. Further shells landed on Goma on 24 August, and there is also civil unrest.
Any British Nationals in North Kivu, including Goma should review their security situation urgently.
UK Government staff have been instructed to leave the area overnight as a precautionary measure, with the situation to be reviewed on the morning of 25 August.
Anybody who chooses to remain should be aware that our ability to offer consular assistance will be extremely limited. The security situation in Goma, and in the wider area of eastern DRC remains extremely volatile.
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