DR Congo rebels ‘aim to take Goma’

BBC, July 26, 2012. Fighting has continued for a third day between rebel forces and the Congolese Army.

The two sides have been involved in fierce battles about 50 km (31 miles) north of the provincial capital, Goma.

The latest unrest began in April, with the UN and DR Congo government accusing neighbouring Rwanda of backing the rebels – a charge it denies.

More than 200,000 people in the region have been displaced by the conflict.

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo are moving ever closer to the city of Goma.

They’ve already taken over several towns in the region, and the Congolese army has been unable to stop them.

Now, thousands of United Nations troops are shoring up the city of Goma to try to keep the M23 rebels at bay