Two dozen patients escaped Thursday from an Ebola treatment center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after demonstrators plundered the facility as part of ongoing demonstrations against next weekend's presidential election.
The chaos in the eastern city of Beni unfolded one day After the country's electoral commission announced it would suspend elections in the region for Ebola outbreak and militia violence
Seventeen of the 24 refugees who fled were negative Ebola had been tested while seven had not been studied, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health told Reuters. Three of them from the latter group reportedly returned to the facility and officials are trying to find the rest.
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after the attack.
The Ebola outbreak, which has spread throughout the region since August, is said to have killed more than 350 people to date.
The government agency coordinating the response to the virus in Beni was also attacked Thursday by protesters who tried to "force the door of the center" before being held back by UN peacekeepers , 19659005] "They sang songs that were hostile to the government and called for elections. They threw bullets, "said Aruna Abedi, deputy director of the Ebola response.
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Local politicians suspect that the decision, Beni and others Leaving cities out of voting on Sunday is a plan that will shift the election towards candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who is the preferred successor to President Joseph Kabila.
The Kabila region, which has been around for years, is reportedly resisting In 2001, following the assassination of his father, he led the Congo.
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Presidential elections should be held 2016 has been repeatedly delayed and led to lethal clashes between local residents and security forces – and violence by armed groups.
Alone in Beni h Rebel attacks over the past four years have claimed more than 1,500 deaths Associated Press.