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Congo M23 rebels pull out of Goma

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Congo M23 rebels pull out of Goma


The leader of the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reportedly agreed to pull out from the eastern cities of Goma and Sake.

Colonel Sultani Makenga is said to have agreed the withdrawal after talks with Uganda’s military chief. However there are fresh reports of fighting in both areas.

The rebels, who want to overthrow the government in Kinshasa, captured Goma after Congolese soldiers exited and UN peacekeepers were forced to give up defending the city.

An estimated 500,000 people have fled their homes during seven months of fighting.

Both Uganda and Rwanda strongly deny UN accusations that they are backing the M23.
Rwanda has intervened in Congo repeatedly over the past two decades under the pretext of hunting Hutu militias responsible for its 1994 genocide.

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