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Rebels and Congo army clash; Rwanda says it was shelled

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 01:02

Oct. 26 - The United Nations mission in Congo says it is assessing the situation after heavy fighting broke out between M23 rebels and government troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after nearly two months of uneasy calm. Sarah Toms reports.

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After two months of uneasy calm, heavy clashes break out again in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The fighting between M23 rebels and the army was near Goma City. Here the Congolese army bombards rebel positions with heavy artillery. It comes just days after peace talks in Uganda broke down. The main sticking point is the future of the rebel commanders who are targeted by international sanctions. The government has refused to grant them amnesty. The M23 rebel movement is named after a 23rd March 2009 peace deal that ended four years of rebellion. It began as a mutiny by Congolese soldiers in early 2012. The rebels complained the Congolese government had failed to honour the agreement, which included integrating them into the army.

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Rebels and Congo army clash; Rwanda says it was shelled

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 01:02