Rebels in Congo make swift progress

CNN wire staff, November 23

Anti-government rebels are making quick progress in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, cementing control of a strategically important town Friday and advancing toward the next potential battleground.

The United Nations, which supports the Congolese army, as well as Britain have condemned the military campaign, intended to overthrow the government.

After two days of battling government troops in Sake, M23 fighters now hold the town they first entered Wednesday, according to a journalist there.

It lies on the road to Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu, and a group of fighters has already begun marching in its direction, Phil Moore said.

The Congolese army is currently near the town of Minova, about 15 miles south of Sake, she said. The population is fleeing ahead of the rebel group’s progress. A second group of M23 fighters is heading north to the town of Masisi, Moore said.

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  • DR Congo army chief Gabriel Amisi suspended

    BBC, November 23

    The head of the army in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been suspended pending an investigation into claims that he sold weapons to rebel groups.

    A UN report accused Gen Gabriel Amisi of running a network supplying arms to poachers and rebel groups including the notorious Mai Mai Raia Mutomboki.

    A government spokesman said other officers were also being investigated.

    The suspension follows the seizure of the city of Goma by the separate M23 rebels on Tuesday.

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