05/20/2013 16:39 GMT
by Albert Kambale
GOMA, DR Congo, May 20, 2013 (AFP) - Rebels from the M23 movement and the army fought Monday north of Goma just two days before UN chief Ban Ki-moon was due to visit the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, both sides said.
The volatile mineral-rich region was rocked by hours of fierce fighting with mortars and rocket launchers in the first clashes involving M23 since December.
The rebels briefly occupied the regional capital of Goma in November.