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After the escalation cancellation agreement with Rwanda, the conflict in East Congo resumes

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KINSHASA — There was a clash between the military and M23 rebels in eastern Congo on Thursday, civil society and rebel sources said.

M23, accusing Congo of supporting Rwanda, launched a major attack on the eastern border at the end of March, despite trying to prevent the troops from advancing, important border guards. And other towns.

Rwanda denied M23's support and accused Congo of fighting with another armed group trying to seize power at Kigari.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Congo counterpart Felix Zisekedi meet in Angola on Wednesday to immediately stop hostilities and withdraw M23 fighters from Congo. Agreed on a roadmap to include.

M23 spokesman Willy Ngoma described the Luanda agreement as an "illusion."

"Only M23 can sign a ceasefire with the government," he said.

A new clash between Kanyabusoro and Kazba in the Lutur region has forced residents to leave their homes, said Jean-Pierre Karabka, president of the local civil society group.

Ngoma said there was a fire exchange after Congolese troops attacked rebel camps around Kanyabusoro.

Congolese spokesman Sylvain Ekenge of the state did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

M23 fighters have been making the most sustained attacks since occupying the territory from 2012 to 2013. It was then defeated by Congolese and UN forces and chased by Rwanda and Uganda.

Congo accepted the proposal to deploy East African Regional Forces in the east to help curb violence only if Rwanda did not participate. Kagame said it wouldn't be a problem if Rwanda wasn't involved. (Report by Stanis Bujakera, Djaffar Sabiti, Fiston Mahamba, written by Sofia Christensen, edited by Estelle Shirbon and Frances Kerry)