UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council will meet in an emergency session Saturday after UN attack helicopters launched missions against rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, diplomats said. France’s UN mission announced on its Twitter account that it had called for a meeting of the 15-nation body on the offensive launched by M23 rebels and that talks would start at 3:00pm (2000 GMT). The UN mission in DR Congo, MONUSCO, said in a statement that M23 rebels had launched an offensive with “heavy weapons” early Saturday and that it had put peacekeepers into action as part of its mandate to “protect civilians.” “As part of this, 10 missions were carried out by its attack helicopters,” the statement said.