According to reports on NPR and from the New York Times and others, the M23 rebels, who are widely thought to be backed by Rwanda and Uganda, have entered Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. There was apparently no opposition, as government troops simply melted away:
A journalist traveling with the insurgents and residents said the rebels had marched down Goma’s main avenue without firing a shot as government forces melted away. Earlier, heavy shelling and gunfire had swirled around the airport and outer neighborhoods of the city before the insurgents, members of what is known as the March 23 Movement, or M23, took over.http://www.nytimes.com/...
The hapless United Nations "peacekeepers" were apparently confused by how the rebels managed to achieve this:
The United Nations expressed bewilderment and frustration at the rebel attack.The war that has been going on in the eastern DR Congo for years now has been called a "Third World War" because of the vast death toll and destruction it has engendered -- an estimated five million deaths. The eastern DR Congo has also been described as the rape capital of the world, because the military combatants on all sides have resorted to frequent rapes of the local women.
“They were able to bypass all of the positions we had,” said Hiroute Guebre-Selassie, who leads the United Nations peacekeeping office in North Kivu Province, where Goma is situated. “We are not facing a conventional force.”
Ms. Guebre-Selassie said that while United Nations soldiers had prepared for certain attacks, rebels were filtering “beyond sight” through a national park and “coming from other sides.”
If you believe in prayer, please pray for the people of the eastern DR Congo, as they face this new chapter in their tragic history.