United Nation refugee agency UNHCR said on today that more than 300,000 people had reportedly fled their homes in North-East Congo since early June as violence flared up again between the Hema and Lendu ethnic groups.

UNCHR spokesman Babar Baloch, made this known at a news conference in Geneva.

The UN agency has received reports from local sources in 125 locations in Ituri province but has currently no access to most of the affected areas.

Attacks between the two communities had already uprooted many people in late 2017 and early 2018, however the situation had calmed down since then.

The current mass displacement is happening in three of Ituri’s five administrative units: Djugu, Mahagi and Irumu.

Numerous rebel groups are also active in the region, primarily fighting over the area’s rich mineral resources.