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Protests against Kabila erupt in eastern Congo

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Hundreds of people protested in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern city of Goma on Thursday against President Joseph Kabila, accusing him of incompetence in efforts to neutralize rebels who have long plagued the region.

The United Nations voiced concerns about recent clashes and said it was prepared to intervene if necessary.

Heavy fighting erupted between the army and the M23 rebel group on Sunday 12 km (7.5 miles) northeast of Goma, ending several weeks of relative calm and reviving memories of an attack in November when the Tutsi-led insurgents briefly seized the city of 1 million people.

After four days of clashes, during which the army pushed the rebels several kilometers further from the city, the front line was quiet on Thursday.

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