DR Congo

DR Congo refugees, retreating troops flood Goma

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GOMA, Congo, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians and hundreds of Congolese government soldiers fled a rebel advance and sought refuge in the provincial capital of Goma, where angry residents attacked evacuating U.N. workers, a witness said.

A Reuters witness saw fleeing civilians and retreating soldiers enter Goma from the north, where the army has clashed with renegade Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda's men. The rebel advance on Goma has sparked panic and accusations that the United Nations is not doing enough to fight off the rebels.

"It was pretty horrible ... angry youths threw large stones. Windscreens and windows were broken, but I don't think anyone was hurt," said a U.N. staff member who was being evacuated in a convoy when it was attacked.

(Reporting by Yves Boussen; writing by David Lewis)

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