M23 rebels begins withdrawal, paving way for peace in Goma
Goma: The M23 rebels on Saturday finally withdrew from the city of Goma which was under its control for over 10 days now.
The M23`s military chief, Col Sultani Makenga, said: "We are leaving today. We are leaving for peace.", as per BBC reports.
The agreement between the insurgents and the government was reached with the efforts of presidents of the Great Lakes states.
Trucks loaded with ammunition and men were seen moving out of the city , making way for long awaited peace and tranquillity in the region.
It was on 20th November that the rebel group attacked the strategic provincial capital of Goma, home to more than 1 million people in eastern Congo, seizing part of the city and the international airport.
The M23 group was formed after an exodus that happened in April from the defense forces of the country.
The rebels are allegedly backed by neighboring Rwanda, which the Rwandan government denies.
The M23 forces in the city comprised of some 1600 people.
The group will move to a buffer zone around Goma, leaving behind a few soldiers to guard the airport along with the UN and government units.
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