U.N. picks first drones for Congo

AFP-JIJI

The United Nations said Thursday it had ordered its first unarmed surveillance drones from an Italian company to patrol volatile regions of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The announcement was made as tensions rise again around the major eastern city of Goma, where the army and U.N. peacekeepers set up a weapons-free security zone Thursday.

If the trial is successful in Congo, where the drones will also be used to monitor the borders with Rwanda and Uganda, they could also be used in South Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and other U.N. missions.