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Again Ebola Center attacked in eastern Congo (Brussels)

The armed attackers returned to attack Wednesday at a medical center without borders of the Ebola in Butembo. The burned center, the security services and the attackers fought against the shooting.

On Sunday, an Ebola center of Doctors Without Borders was attacked in Katwa, near Butembo. The brother of a patient was killed when he tried to escape.

No details are yet known about the identity and reason of the attackers. Since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in eastern Congo last summer, health workers have been confronted with distrust and aggression on a regular basis. In the border region with Uganda and Rwanda, armed militias regularly attacked civilians and security services, which made the aid effort even more difficult.

"Doctors Without Borders regrets the attack," tweet the Congolese department of the NGO. "We work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to ensure that all patients, families and employees are safe. Many of them have fled the fire. The 14 confirmed cases of Ebola are still in the center."

Hundreds of deaths

"After the attack in Katwa, we decided to strengthen the security of these buildings," says Sylvain Mbusa Kanyamanda, the mayor of Butembo. "The Congolese army was deployed to control the situation."

The Ebola epidemic has claimed at least 551 human lives seven months after the outbreak. The center of the epidemic has moved from Beni to Butembo for a few weeks.

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