At least 31 people including children have been confirmed killed during renewed fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The United Nations (UN) says intense clashes between the Congolese army and several rebel groups have spread to the Beni territory where five bodies were recovered on Wednesday.
Locals say the death toll might be even higher as dozens of people are still missing.
According to reports, more than 700,000 people have fled their homes in Ituri and North Kivu provinces since the beginning of this year.
This brings to six million the total number of people displaced by armed conflict in DR Congo, which the UN says is among the worst humanitarian crises in the world.