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DR Congo: North Kivu - Rebels just outside Goma, residents fleeing

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"The entire population is fleeing Goma. The CNDP rebels just 4 kilometres from the city", said a MISNA source, confirming the general flight from the capital of the North Kivu province, in east Democratic Republic of Congo. "The situation is entirely out of control. The people are fleeing in every way possible in direction of Rwanda or south. It isn't clear what the UN mission is doing", added the source, before ending the conversation. MONUC (UN mission in DR-Congo) helicopter gunships intervened this morning to repel the advance of the CNDP rebels, who were 15km from the city. After a break of around an hour, fighting resumed later in the morning between the Congolese army and rebels in Kibumba, in which the CNDP men appear to have gained ground.