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Fighting Rages On As Kabila Deploys Tanks In Goma


hospital http://csautomation.net/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/single-product/share.php geneva;”>M23 publicist Vianney Kazarama said a gun battle ensued today morning when Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) took an M23 position at Mutaho.

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sales geneva;”>”When our troops went to fetch water, they found that the wells were already under attack by the FDLR. We chased them away,” said Kazarama.

He further noted that “at 6am, the FARDC began shelling our positions, backed by ground troops who were shooting with light arms.”

Deadly gun battles started yesterday with FARDC and FDLR attacking M23 bases in Kanyarucinya.

The rebel Movement said it managed to push the allied government forces back up to Muja.

M23 officials said FDLR and FARDC were planning to launch an attack from Tongo in Rutshuru on M23 positions.

Nevertheless, Kazarama notes that the fighting had since died down.

“But comrade Bertrand Bisimwa our political leader warned that if shooting continues, we will have to silence the guns”.

Meanwhile, more reports show that at least 3 heavily-armed regiments of FARDC have been stationed in Goma. Heavy artillery is being used to shell M23 bases, creating a climate of fear and uncertainty in the region.

Kazarama said the United Nations Brigade is now very likely to partner with the negative forces.

“The DRC army itself renowned for rape wherever it goes is a negative force. FARDC has built an alliance with FDLR (Rwanda Hutu militias) to fight M23. Will the UN Brigade join and fight alongside FDLR who are FARDC’s partners?” wondered Kazarama.

M23 expressed shock that while they requested Kabila for talks, “instead we are being bombed; M23 boys are outraged.”

The fighting is a result of the collapse of peace talks between the two antagonistic camps in Kampala.

The DRC representatives last month left their hotel rooms in Kampala before flying back to Kinshasha. M23 followed suit, returning to Bunagana.

The M23 had captured Goma last year but pulled out due to international pressure and intervention of leaders in the Great Lakes region.

The DRC army faced a mutiny last year in April, with M23 accusing Kabila of gross human rights abuses, rigging the Presidential election and massive segregation and entrenched corruption in the army.


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