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Rwanda and Congo Trade Blame as Fight Against Rebels Escalates

  • Renewed fight against M23 has displaced 23,000 since Oct. 20
  • Countries accuse each other of using rebel groups as proxies

Tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo intensified with the neighboring nations blaming each other for renewed fighting near the border, raising concerns the clashes may trigger a wider conflict.

On Tuesday, Congo defended its army’s offensive against the M23 rebels after Rwanda accused it of ignoring diplomatic solutions to the conflict and inciting ethnic hatred. Both Congo and United Nations experts say the rebels have backing from Rwanda, which it denies.