Congo Rebels Enter Goma, Take Control Of Airport
Published: November 21, 2012 (Issue # 1736)
GOMA, Congo — A spokesman for a rebel group in Congo believed to be backed by neighboring Rwanda confirmed that his fighters have entered the border city of Goma and have taken the city’s international airport. The assault was punctuated by heavy gunfire.
Colonel Vianney Kazarama, spokesman for the M23 rebel movement, told The Associated Press by telephone that the rebels are now fighting for control of the rest of Goma. “We already took the airport,” Kazarama said Tuesday. “We are now inside the city of Goma.”
Goma was last threatened by rebels in 2008 when fighters stopped just short of the provincial capital. The United Nations has said that if Goma were to fall a humanitarian catastrophe would result. The rebels are opposed by Congolese government forces backed by UN peacekeeping troops and their attack helicopters.