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Congolese army occupies rebel positions

Congolese army occupies rebel positions
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Government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have occupied strategic hills overlooking the eastern town of Goma, after rebel fighters pulled out.

The capture of Kibati is the biggest success in a year for the army.

It comes after a new offensive was launched to drive back M23 rebels, who have fought an 18-month uprising in the eastern borderlands.

The rebels say they have withdrawn to allow an independent investigation into shelling that has killed civilians in Goma and the lakeside town of Gisenyi, in neighbouring Rwanda.

Rwanda has blamed Congo for the shelling – a charge it denies.

Millions of people have died from violence, disease and hunger in the past twenty years, as foreign-backed rebel groups have fought for control of eastern Congo’s rich deposits of gold, diamonds and tin.

The intervention of a new UN brigade has boosted Congolese troops. They have been working alongside each other to repel the rebels.