Fresh fighting erupts between rebels and army in eastern DR Congo

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Congolese flee fighting

Approximately 5,000 people in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have crossed the border to Rwanda to flee fighting between government forces and rebels.

The UN Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) says clashes occurred between the Congolese army and the M23 rebels around Kibumba, 15 kilometres north of Goma, early on Friday morning.

The latest fighting follows the suspension of peace talks between the government and the rebels in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, early this week.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"Heavy weapons including mortars and machine guns were used. The Mission says that the fighting is continuing in that area. The Mission adds that as a result of the fighting approximately 5,000 civilians from Kibumba crossed the border into Rwanda this morning. The Mission has carried out aerial reconnaissance of the area and the Mission has also asked that the Extended Joint Verification Mechanism investigates reports of a shell landing in Kageyo, in Rwanda. (29")

Martin Nesirky says that MONUSCO is on high alert and is closely monitoring the situation.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1'17"

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