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Congo: Will the U.N. take action against rebels' backers? (+video)

Clashes between M23 rebels and U.N. supported soldiers have forced tens of thousands to flee Goma, a provincial capital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The U.N. Security Council has voiced concerns that the rebels are receiving external support from neighboring countries.  

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The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday for seizing a provincial capital, as the United Nations defended its peacekeepers who gave up the battle for the city of Goma.

The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that also requested that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "report in the coming days" on allegations of external support for M23, upon which it would be ready to take further measures.

M23 fighters, who U.N. experts say are backed by neighboring Rwanda and aided by Uganda, entered Goma on Tuesday following days of clashes with U.N.-backed Congolese soldiers that forced tens of thousands of residents to flee.

Rwanda and Uganda have repeatedly denied the allegations made by the Security Council's Group of Experts in a confidential report, which was seen by Reuters last month.

The council expressed "deep concern at reports indicating that external support continues to be provided to the M23, including through troop reinforcement, tactical advice and the supply of equipment, causing a significant increase of the military abilities of the M23, and demands that any and all outside support to the M23 cease immediately."


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