Rwanda's new foreign minister Vincent Biruta speaks during a welcoming event for him in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, on Nov. 7, 2019. Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday evening reshuffled the cabinet, appointing a new foreign minister and reintroducing the portfolio of internal security. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)
Rwanda's new foreign minister Vincent Biruta speaks during a welcoming event for him in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, on Nov. 7, 2019. Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday evening reshuffled the cabinet, appointing a new foreign minister and reintroducing the portfolio of internal security. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua)

A total of 1,919 Rwandan refugees have been repatriated from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following a Congolese military offensive against armed groups in the east of the country, Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta said Wednesday.

The returnees are now living temporarily at the Nyarushisi transit camp in Rusizi district undergoing rehabilitation to enable them to reintegrate into society, Biruta told a news conference in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

Most of the repatriated are civilians, Biruta said, adding that there were also some former combatants.

Last December, the DRC repatriated 291 members of the Rwandan rebel group known as CNRD based in Congo. They were captured in South Kivu Province while fighting with the Congolese military.

The Congolese armed forces launched an offensive attack against rebel groups in the country’s east region at the end of last October. Enditem

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