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Al Jazeera – Breaking News | M23 Rebels Capture The Town of Goma In The DRCongo

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Posted November 20, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Politics ~ 1,862 views

     

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken control of Goma, the main city in the country’s mineral-rich east, after several days of fighting with UN-backed government forces, a spokesman for the M23 rebel group has said.

Heavily armed rebels reportedly walked through the centre of the city that is home to one million people, without facing resistance on Tuesday, as United Nations peacekeepers observed and small groups of residents greeted them.

“The town of Goma fell at 11:33 local time, despite the attack helicopters, despite the heavy weapons, the FARDC (Congo army) has let the town fall into our hands,” Vianney Kazarama, an M23 spokesman, told the Reuters news agency by phone.

The major development came after the fighters seized the main military airport in Goma. “The airport is under the control of the M23 (Rebels),” the official said on condition of anonymity earlier on Tuesday. Earlier, Lambert Mende, a government spokesman, warned of the consequences of an M23 takeover of the city, blaming neighbouring Rwanda for backing the rebels.

“If Goma falls, it’s going to create a whole other set of problems. We refuse systematically to speak to them (M23). Because if we do, it would be a way to wash away Rwanda’s responsibility.” DR Congo and Rwanda have already fought two wars, the most recent of which ended in 2003 after lasting nearly six years.

On Monday, both nations accused the other of firing mortars across the narrow border which runs on one side of Goma. Source: Al Jazeera And Agencies


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