Air Incident over Rwanda: A Situational Assessment


    On January 24th, the Rwandan Defense Forces accused the DRC of violating its airspace with a single Su-25 ground attack aircraft. The Congolese fighter plane was targeted with an anti-air defence system and sustained visible damage. Despite that, the aircraft was able to make it back to Goma. Rwanda and the DRC are already in the midst of a tense bilateral relationship over the M23 rebellion in the DRC’s North Kivu province. The incident highlights the level of animosity and mistrust which permeates this fraught relationship. There is a concern that this situation could escalate beyond the isolated incident and develop into a formal conflict between Rwanda and the DRC.

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    Alec Smith
    Alec Smith
    Alec Smith is a graduate of the MSC International Relations program of the University of Aberdeen and holds an LLB in Global Law from Tilburg University. He works in the private sector in field investigations and security.

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