United NationsReuters reports that two South African peacekeepers were wounded in a rebel ambush near the epicentre of an Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, their UN mission said on Tuesday.  

They are reportedly in a stable condition.  The attack on Monday on the outskirts of the city of Beni underscored the challenges authorities face in tackling a flare-up of the deadly disease in an active conflict zone stalked by dozens of armed groups.  The peacekeepers’ patrol was attacked in the town of Ngadi by militants believed to belong to the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan Islamist group active in eastern Congo, said Florence Marchal, spokeswoman for the UN mission known as Monusco.  Monusco peacekeepers are providing near-daily escorts to the town of Oicha, where one Ebola case has been confirmed.  Parts of the 30 km stretch of road between Beni and Oicha are considered a ‘red zone’ because of recurrent rebel attacks.