GOMA — Congolese soldiers and U.N. forces are fighting M23 rebels for a fifth day near the eastern city of Goma.
Amani Kabasha, a spokesman for the M23 rebel movement, told The Associated Press that fighting resumed early Sunday about 9 miles (15 kilometers) from Goma.
On Saturday, Congolese troops backed by U.N. forces fought the rebels for hours. Three U.N. peacekeepers were wounded in the fighting, while at least seven civilians have been killed in attacks targeting the city in the past week.
The U.N. mission created in March with a stronger mandate to protect civilians fired for the first time on rebel positions Thursday.
Congo accuses neighboring Rwanda of helping the rebels, charges denied by Rwanda's government.