Resurgent east Congo violence displaces 72,000 in one week

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DAKAR (Reuters) – Fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the past week between the army and M23 rebel group has forced more than 72,000 people from their homes, the United Nations said on Friday. The M23, a rebellion claiming to represent the interests of ethnic Tutsis in eastern Congo, is staging its largest offensive since a 2012-2013 insurrection that captured vast swathes of the countryside. There has been heavy fighting as near as 20 km (12 miles) to eastern Congo’s main city of Goma, and the rebels briefly captured the army’s largest base in the area. Of the 72,000 who hav…

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