DR Congo army returns to Goma

M23 rebels warn to retake the city, if the government fails to enter negotiations.

Al Jazeera, December 4

DR Congo troops have entered the eastern mining city of Goma, two days after rebel M23 fighters withdrew in line with a regionally brokered deal.

But the rebels said they would retake the city, if the government failed to meet their demands within 48 hours.

The rebels’ lightning capture of Goma on November 20 eight months after they launched an uprising against Kinshasa had sparked fears of a wider war and major humanitarian crisis, and their withdrawal was widely welcomed.

Dozens of government army trucks, crammed with heavily armed soldiers, entered the regional capital in the afternoon, after trundling along the shores of Lake Kivu.

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