At least two people have died as protesters attacked United Nations (UN) facilities in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday.
Local reporters have said that protests were fueled by constant attacks by rebels on civilians.
The civilians have accused the UN of doing nothing to prevent these attacks on them.
The United Nations Chief of Military forces in Beni, Omar Aboud admitted that the facility was attacked, however, he said no live ammunition was fired at the protesters.
“We are aware of the demonstrators who are making their way and we are making every effort to continue the dialogue with these demonstrators and their leaders, as well as the national authorities … to ensure calm and return to peace and security,” Aboud told news agency.
“We have our troops and our police officers who are trained in riot control and who provided protection to our compound while it was being attacked for hours at a time.”
Meanwhile, some protesters have experienced their anger and frustration towards the UN. They claim that the UN failed to protect them from the rebels.
“The UN is supposed to keep the peace in North Kivu but we never see the peace. We are so angry, we don’t want them to stay here,” Kambale Cyril said one of the protesters.
Another protester Serge Kakule said he will continue to cause mayhem on the UN facilities in Beni.
“We came here today to see if these UN people were still here. If they come back [to the compound], we will burn it again,” he warned.
This event is coming a few days after the World Health Organization (WHO) pulled out some Ebola workers from the country.
The peacekeeping force MONUSCO is the biggest peacekeeping unit in the world and has operated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the past two decades.