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The parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo has voted to extend martial law in Ituri and North Kivu, eastern provinces that have been rocked by insecurity.

The state of emergency imposed by President Félix Tshisekedi on 6 May has been extended for 15 days.

Military administrations have replaced the civilian authorities to curb insecurity in the provinces where several attacks carried out by rebels have left thousands dead.

The violence has been on the increase despite the presence of thousands of UN peacekeepers.

Some of the attacks have been blamed on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) – one of dozens of armed groups operating there.

The east also seen violence between ethnic groups.

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