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Congo rebel clashes stoke fears of broader conflict

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A soldier of the M23 rebel group stands atop a hill overlooking Bunagana in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 23, 2012. Several top commanders in the rebel movement were in Bunagana on Monday for a meeting, whilst a relative calm prevailed in the rebel-held territory.

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Colonel Sultani Makenga (seated inside vehicle), the commander of the M23 rebel group, drives through the town of Bunagana on July 23, 2012.

The U.S. State Department announced on Sunday that it was cutting military aid to Rwanda following accusations that it had given backing to rebel groups in neighboring eastern Congo, Agence France Presse reported

More than 200,000 civilians have had to leave their homes and several hundred fighters have been killed in recent clashes between the M23 rebel group and the Congolese government, Reuters reports. Reports of support for rebel fighters from Rwanda have stoked fears of a slide into a broader central African conflict, although countries in the region last week agreed a plan to eradicate armed groups in eastern Congo. 

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A displaced woman, who fled fighting near Walikale, holds her child at Magunga III camp, outside the city of Goma, on July 23, 2012.

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A UN peacekeeping patrol drives through Goma on July 23, 2012.

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Families fleeing fighting between the Congolese army and M23 rebels walk toward Goma on July 23, 2012.

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