DR Congo rebels pull out from Goma

December 02, 2012 - 1:23:56 am

GOMA: Rebels in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo pulled out yesterday from the mining hub of Goma, the city they seized less than two weeks ago sparking fears of a wider war.

Around 300 rebels, army mutineers who seized Goma in a lightning advance, drove out of the city in a convoy of looted trucks headed north, singing as they left, raising hope its signals a step back from further conflict.

The M23 rebels have pledged to withdraw 20km outside the city under a regionally brokered deal, but complex negotiations now will focus on their multiple and sweeping demands, including political reform.

The conflict has prompted warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe and wider conflict erupting from DR Congo’s east.