Herald.ie, November 19
A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda has advanced to within two miles of Goma, a crucial provincial capital in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, marking the first time that rebels have come this close since 2008.
DR Congolese army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli said the fighting has been going on since 6am on Sunday and the front line has moved to just a few miles outside the city.
After more than nine hours of violent clashes, the two sides took a break just after 3pm, with M23 rebels establishing a checkpoint just 100 metres away from one held by the military in the village of Munigi, exactly 1.8 miles outside the Goma city line.
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