U.N. peacekeepers look at M23 rebel positions on the outskirts of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on November 18.
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U.N. peacekeepers look at M23 rebel positions on the outskirts of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on November 18.
(CNN) —  

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to deploy about 3,100 peacekeepers to a restive region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. announced.

The intervention brigade will carry out targeted offensive operations and attempt to neutralize armed groups, the U.N. said in a statement.

The force will be based in the North Kivu province in the eastern part of the country. Government forces are battling a rebel group there called M23.

Fighting between the M23 and the army has displaced close to a million people in the province and more than 300,000 in the southeastern province of Katanga, the United Nations has said.