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Crisis escalates as thousands flee fighting in DR Congo

Updated 6:06 AM ET, Wed November 6, 2013
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The M23 rebel group is fighting the Democratic Republic of Congo military for control of the country, and the violence is driving tens of thousands of Congolese out of their homes. Here on November 22, thousands fled the town of Sake and headed east to the camps for displaced in the village of Mugunga. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
On November 26, M23 commanders refused to leave the city of Goma ahead of a midnight deadline imposed by regional leaders and the African Union. Pictured, rebel soldiers stand guard at the former Congolese army headquarters in Goma, on November 23, 2012. TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
Lokuli Loleko Prince finds the body of his father in Goma on November 21, 2012. Lokuli's father, a government military doctor, was killed in fighting between the government army and M23 rebels as they took the provincial capital. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of Congolese flee the town of Sake, 26km west of Goma, on November 22, 2012. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
A displaced Congolese woman registers at a camp for displaced persons at Mugunga, 8km from the centre of Goma on November 22, 2012. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama addresses a crowd at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma on November 21, 2012. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
Residents of Goma listen to M23 rebel group spokesman at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma on November 21, 2012.
Surrendered police officers hand-in their weapons at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
Twelve year old amputee Kakule Elie, hit by a stray bullet, lies in a bed in a hospital in Goma on November 20, 2012. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguayan United Nations peacekeepers look through binoculars at M23 rebel positions on the outskirts of Goma. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
Displaced Congolese sit inside a United Nations base in Monigi, 5km from Goma, as they seek shelter after being forced to flee a temporary camp, on November 18, 2012. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images
A displaced Congolese woman carries her belongings as she enters a United Nations base in Monigi, 5km from Goma on November 18, 2012. PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images