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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:05 AM

DR Congo rebels claim control of Goma

Source: Aljazeera English

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 rebels have also reportedly taken control of the border posts between Goma and Gisenyi, a town on the Rwandan side of the border, the AFP news agency said.

Read more: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/11/20121120102140544513.html

There's video at the link, as well.

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