Congolese Army Starts to Fight Back

The Congolese army on Thursday began fighting back against a vast swarm of rebels who had overtaken Goma and several other cities in the north, pounding the area and causing tens of thousands of civilians to flee. According to witnesses, government troops and local militia ambushed the rebels outside the city of Sake, about 15 miles west of Goma, as residents fled the area, causing some aid workers to worry about a coming refugee crisis. It was unclear by nightfall which side controlled the town. While the M23, the rebel group, has been accused of atrocities in the area around Goma, one of the local militia who aided the government on Thursday have been accused of massacring civilians.