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Rwanda accuses DR Congo of bombing amid battle for Goma

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DR Congo soldiers sought to stave off a rebel advance on the key eastern city of Goma on Monday as neighbouring Rwanda -- accused of backing the rebels -- charged that Kinshasa forces had bombed its territory just across the border in the powderkeg region. 

M23 rebels stand at a small base in the hills of Kanyarucinya on the outskirts of Goma, in eastern DR Congo. DR Congo soldiers sought to stave off a rebel advance on Goma on Monday as neighbouring Rwanda -- accused of backing the rebels -- charged that Kinshasa forces had bombed its territory just across the border in the powderkeg region.

The DR Congo army "has deliberately this evening bombed Rwanda using T55 tanks and mortar bombs," General Joseph Nzabamwita told AFP, saying the assault had targeted the area around the airport in Gisenyi, located just a kilometre (half a mile) from the border.

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