Military offensive in DR Congo likely to displace 370,000: UN Feb 09, 2018 0 55 12345 REUTERSGENEVA/DAKARA military offensive launched last month by Congolese troops against Ugandan militants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to force nearly 370,000 people from their homes, the United Nations said on Thursday.The fallout from a joint effort by Congo and Uganda to defeat the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) will compound Africa's worst displacement crisis and further stretch meagre humanitarian resources.Persistent conflict in Congo's eastern borderlands with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and insurrection in the centre of the country have displaced 4.3 million people internally. Last year, it led the United Nations to declare Congo a level three humanitarian emergency - on par with Iraq, Syria and Yemen.The campaign against the ADF is expected to displace 196,300 people in Beni territory and another 173,200 people in neighbouring Lubero territory, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a report.More than 532,000 people in the two territories near the Ugandan border fled their homes in 2016 and 2017, largely driven out by attacks by the ADF and other armed groups as well as military responses, the report said."The absence of protection measures for civilians in the most affected zones risks worsening. The risk of shells falling on civilian sites ... cannot be excluded," it said.Congo's army spokesman could not be reached immediately for comment.A spree of massacres in Beni territory since 2014, most carried out with hatchets and machetes, killed about 1,000 people. The government has blamed nearly all the attacks on the ADF, but independent experts say some Congolese soldiers have also been involved. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Nigeria's Boko Haram region needs over $1 bn funding: UN Feb 09, 2018 0 342 N Korean orchestra serenades South amid protest Feb 09, 2018 0 61 'Day of anger' in Chad fails over low turnout Feb 09, 2018 0 50 Ethiopia to release 746 prisoners, including journalist, dissident REUTERS ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia will release 746 more prisoners, including a journalist and a senior opposition official who were jailed for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts, the attorney general's office said on .. N Korea stages military parade on eve of Olympics AFP Seoul North Korea staged a military parade in Pyongyang Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, putting its intercontinental ballistic missiles on show just a day before the Winter Olympics open in .. Gambia readmitted to Commonwealth under new president Barrow AFP London The Gambia was readmitted to the Commonwealth, welcomed back following the democratic election of President Adama Barrow, who reversed the shock pullout of 2013. His predecessor Yahya Jammeh suddenly ..