July 11 - Tutsi-dominated rebels vow to fight all the way to Goma in DR Congo if Tutsi's come under attack, while citzens call for UN help to fight rebels. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Rebels fighting government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they will take their fight to the city of Goma if Tutsi's are not protected. On Tuesday mobs targeted ethnic Tutsi from neighboring Rwanda in Goma. Now Bishop Jean Marie Runiga says the rebels will have to capture Goma if people are not protected. (SOUNDBITE)(Kiswahili) M23 POLITICAL LEADER, BISHOP JEAN MARIE RUNIGA, SAYING: "When we see civilian communities, regardless of their tribe -- if we see they are being mistreated and the government has failed to protect them, we shall capture Goma. That is the truth because our role is to protect the civilian communities." Rebels drove back the Congolese government army in a determined offensive over the last few days, forcing U.N. peacekeepers to withdraw into isolated operating bases in the hilly countryside. This has opened the way for a possible advance by rebels on Goma, where U.N. forces have reinforced their positions to block any attempted rebel assault. Now residents are taking to the streets calling on UN peacekeepers to push back the rebels. Thousands have been displaced in the violence, but the exact death toll from the recent fighting is unknown. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters