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Fighting in DR Congo as rebels reject pullout calls

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Fighting erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo after rebels defiantly rejected international calls to pull out of the strategic city of Goma and end an offensive that has stoked fears of a wider conflict and humanitarian catastrophe. 

Thousands of Congolese flee the town of Sake, 26 km west of Goma, following fresh fighting. Fighting erupted after rebels defiantly rejected international calls to pull out of the strategic city of Goma and end an offensive that has stoked fears of a wider conflict and humanitarian catastrophe.

As reports about renewed violence in the country's volatile east poured in President Joseph Kabila sacked the chief of land forces over UN accusations he runs a huge arms smuggling network supplying Congolese rebels and other groups, a spokesman said.

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